That was the overwhelming reaction from Denver Post readers who voted in our poll Tuesday in response to the Broncos signing Case Keenum. Yeah, it’s an upgrade from Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, but weren’t there better options?
Tyrod Taylor was off the market, Denver was never going to sign another Manning brother and it became increasingly clear over the past week or so that Kirk Cousins wasn’t going to wear orange, which really started to limit the free agent options to the Vikings’ QB trio of Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. And of those three, the undrafted guy who went 11-3 last season, led Minnesota to the NFC Championship game and lacks a lengthy injury history seems like the best choice.
Keenum, who twice finished in the top eight in Heisman voting during his five seasons at the University of Houston, doesn’t bring the fanfare of Cousins or a Super Bowl champion Nick Foles. And if you peek back at his earlier NFL days that include an 0-8 record as a starter with the Texans in 2013 and a career completion percentage below 60 enter 2017, then, yeah — “meh” is an appropriate response. But considering what he did last season (3,547 yards, 22 TDs, 7 INTs), there’s reason to believe Keenum, 30, can be the missing piece needed to lead Denver back to the playoffs.
Still not a fan of the move? Keep in mind the deal he’ll sign Wednesday is expected to be a short-term one worth about $18 million per year, which is about $10 million per year cheaper than what the Vikings are reportedly paying for Cousins. Plus, signing Keenum doesn’t mean the Broncos won’t go after a quarterback with their first-round draft pick. Nick Kosmider still thinks former Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, …read more
Source:: The Denver Post