Former UH QB Case Keenum agrees to deal with Broncos

Forget Kirk Cousins Broncos need to go after Drew Brees

Forget Kirk Cousins Broncos need to go after Drew Brees

That's a huge nugget of news (a pun!) for a few reasons; the first of which is the most obvious, that the Vikings clearly weren't actively trying to resign Keenum, despite the fact that he leads the team to the NFC Championship a few weeks ago.

The move increases the chances that Minnesota will sign free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to take over since Denver had been one of four suitors for him.

With an abundance of promising arms slated to go in the first round in the form of USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Louisville's Lamar Jackson, the Jets will likely be able to select a passer with their top-10 pick.

While attempting to read the tea leaves regarding Cousins motivation, and to find solid footing in answering whether or not he's the Vikings best available option at QB (and at what cost) another unresolved quarterback situation continues to gnaw at me, and I'm guessing it's gnawing at the Vikings as well. That means, of course, that the Minnesota Vikings need a quarterback. Underrated moves can sometimes be exactly what powers a team to the Super Bowl.

Arizona CardinalsThis seems like the ideal fit for Keenum. He hasn't been hyped up much heading into free agency, which could be a good thing for teams like the Vikings who could use some depth at the cornerback position. He totaled 4,464 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns, setting school records in both categories, on 687 carries (6.5 yards per carry) and added 79 receptions for 935 yards. Cousins avoided giving the Vikings the ability to squat on him at a lower number.

Williams: Keenum is a great fit for what the Broncos want to do on offense because of his ability to throw and make plays outside the pocket.

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But what if they don't land the marquee free agent? He also provides excellent leadership, which is something that the Vikings could use more of if Newman doesn't end up being re-signed. That would be the most money guaranteed at signing in National Football League history - exceeding Matthew Stafford's contract, which netted him $60.5M when he landed his extension.

His detractors will say that he's very inconsistent, and isn't a true franchise quarterback.

So if Bridgewater were to struggle or if he encountered injury issues once again, there would be confidence that McCown could step in and produce.

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Signing Keenum now opens the door for the Broncos to pass on a quarterback and trade down out of the No. 5 spot, which could result in a QB-needy team jumping ahead of the Jets in the draft.

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