After sitting out the playoffs in each of the last two years following their Super Bowl 50 triumph, the Broncos have apparently found their next signal-caller.
The Denver Broncos are expected to pay free agent quarterback Case Keenum an average of $18 million per season, according to KUSA-TV's Mike Klis. The Arizona Cardinals also remain in the mix for Cousins, although financial implications could continue to complicate their pursuit.
The Vikings decided not to apply the franchise tag to Keenum back in February, allowing him to become a free agent. Even Broncos players, specifically Von Miller, openly campaigned for Cousins to come to Denver this offseason. Should there still be in-demand quarterbacks on the board when the Broncos are on the clock with the fifth pick, they could collect a plethora of picks from a team looking to trade up to snag the one of them.
At the scouting combine, two weeks before the start of free agency, Elway did compare the "fluid" nature of chasing a quarterback in free agency this year to the pursuit of Manning.More news: Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion icon, dies at 91
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Broncos senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak brought Keenum in as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans, so it's hard to imagine a better fit for the 30-year-old QB.
That included choosing among the draft prospects that include Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and others. "That is what we are working on".
While not all are sold on the idea of Kirk Cousins being a franchise quarterback, most experts admit that he's a far better option behind center than a guy like Keenum. While many are quick to write Lynch off as a bust, it should be noted that Lynch was only drafted two years ago and missed most of last season due to a shoulder injury. I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly.