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13 March 2018, 11:17 | Henrietta Morgan
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Keenum worked with former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, now a senior personnel advisor in Denver's front office, with the Houston Texans from 2012-13 having joined as an undrafted free agent. Brock Osweiler is a free agent and isn't expected back with the Broncos.
While there have been no reports of contract numbers, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe has speculated that Keenum "could be had" for somewhere in the neighborhood of $16-$18 million per season. The Arizona Cardinals also remain in the mix for Cousins, although financial implications could continue to complicate their pursuit.
Keenum threw for 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions while going 11-3 as a starter for the Vikings in place of the injured Sam Bradford last season.
Broncos quarterback John Elway has talked repeatedly during the offseason about the need to get better at quarterback.
"Even with Peyton, we weren't a for-sure thing with Peyton, " Elway said. Keenum will have similar tools at his disposal in Denver that he had in Minnesota. It allows for the Broncos to use their top-five draft position to address other holes on the roster.
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.
Keenum's arrival means Paxton Lynch is expected to return as a backup with competition from Chad Kelly and a potential draft choice - that has not been ruled out - as Denver plans on trading Trevor Siemian. Both men will be hoping last season wasn't an anomaly for Keenum. 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. The Broncos shouldn't give up on a first-round quarterback, especially when they still have him under a rookie contract.
No matter how you look at it, the Broncos came out winners in this deal.
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