Case Keenum expected to sign with Broncos

Dec 31 2017 Minneapolis MN USA Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum looks on following the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Case Keenum expected to sign with Broncos

Let's pinpoint the winners and losers of Keenum reuniting with Gary Kubiak in Denver.

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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.

ESPN first reported that Keenum would sign with the Broncos. The Vikings are considered the favorite for Cousins with the New York Jets and Arizona also in the mix.

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Manning had a spectacular closing chapter in Denver, leading the Broncos to the playoffs in all four of his seasons, reaching two Super Bowls and winning one.

The knock-on effect of Keenum's move could see last season's Denver starter Trevor Siemian traded or released while the likes of Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are the other two names who could leave the Vikings and assess their options elsewhere. Undoubtedly, the familiarity with Kubiak was one of the deciding factors in bringing Keenum in to be the Broncos' next starting quarterback. "Obviously, we have to get better at that (quarterback) position". It should be noted that Keenum thrived in a similar situation in Minnesota, where he had an elite defense and a couple of reliable receivers. Don't be surprised if the Broncos maybe wait on taking a quarterback in the draft. It is not certain yet what sort of contract that Keenum, who made $2 million last season, will get. The Broncos shouldn't give up on a first-round quarterback, especially when they still have him under a rookie contract.

They are without a quarterback, which means they better land Kirk Cousins. Whether or not Lynch pans out to be the quarterback the Broncos hoped he would, signing Keenum will give the Broncos an immediate starting option as well as an appropriate amount of time to monitor Lynch's development before deciding if they do indeed need to search for a longer-term solution.

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