Broncos pick Case Keenum to get back to being a playoff contender


Keenum helped power the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game last season as Minnesota went 11-3 in his regular-season starts in place of an injured Sam Bradford.

Kirk Cousins, who spent his first six National Football League seasons with the Washington Redskins, is the top free-agent quarterback available (not counting Drew Brees, who is expected to remain in New Orleans).

The Broncos had three quarterbacks start games this past season - Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler - but it was a bumpy ride on offense as the Broncos were among the league leaders in turnovers and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was sacked in November. He even missed the entire 2014 season with an ACL injury. The Broncos reportedly attempted to trade for Keenum two years ago after Peyton Manning retired and while Kubiak was still Denver's head coach.

The former number one overall NFL Draft pick has been with the Rams, Eagles and Vikings, and could be headed to yet another new city this offseason depending on what happens with the Vikings' pursuit of Kirk Cousins.

There's no doubt Keenum did an outstanding job and played much smarter football than he did in his previous four seasons, but it's just hard to really conclude how much of the production and team success was his doing, and how to project his performance going forward.

Last year Keenum completed 67.6 percent of his passes for a career-high 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions for a 98.3 passer rating.

The Broncos haven't made the playoffs since their Super Bowl win to close out the 2015 season.

However, with the Vikings one of the major contenders for Kirk Cousins' signature, Keenum has been looking to cash in on his status of last year's stellar campaign and the Broncos look to be his landing spot.

Elway said in recent weeks he still believed the team could get back into the postseason mix with an upgrade behind center.

"I still think we're not too far away". He played for Vance Joseph and Gary Kubiak in Houston at the beginning of his career (2012-13) and already has a feel for the staff and offensive system. There were some things that we should have done that we should have done differently that we didn't do. "Is it because he had a good team around him?"