With AP Photos.The Denver Broncos are hoping to repeat the success they had with Peyton Manning in pursuing another free-agent fix at quarterback.
The Broncos were blighted by poor quarterback play last season, with Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch all failing to impress.
Grade: A-minus. Well, it's an A- if Keenum is the guy who helped the Vikings to an 11-3 record in his 14 regular-season starts as they powered into the NFC Championship Game. It sounds like the contract will be similar to the one Mike Glennon signed in Chicago last season, meaning that it's not prohibitive for the Broncos in the long-term.More news: Teddy Bridgewater signs with New York Jets
The Vikings reportedly are one of the finalists for Cousins, along with the Jets and Cardinals.
Keenum must now go out and prove Elway and the front office right in their evaluation of him as being the better fit for the Broncos.
At this juncture, with the Broncos out of the wild west that is the quarterback hunt, NY is in a far better position to find their quarterback of the future than it was at the beginning of the legal tampering period on Monday. The Cardinals have a big need at quarterback, too, and are reportedly prepared to make Cousins the highest-paid player in National Football League history. "I'm excited about where we are and think that we have a chance to get back in the thick of things quickly".
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.