On the second day of free agency, the Denver Broncos verbally agreed to a 2 year $36 million deal with Case Keenum who is coming off a career year with the Minnesota Vikings. He comes in as a clear upgrade over the quarterbacks on the roster in 2017. Before his stellar performance, however, Keenum struggled with consistency as the leader of the Houston Texans and the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. The question for the Broncos should be can he build off his performance in 2017 or will he regress to his old ways? What does the Case Keenum signing mean for the future of the franchise?
The journeyman quarterback again is an upgrade from what the Broncos had under center for the past two seasons. But many are already speculating that the signing may still mean the Broncos are in prime position to take a passer at the No. 5 overall pick. There they could look at Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen. Both were recently on the Senior Bowl team staffed by the Broncos coaches.
Denver could also look to give their new veteran some better protection up front with Quenton Nelson or Mike McGlinchey. The contract length for Keenum leads some to conclude that selecting a quarterback in the first round is a foregone conclusion. Reports before the Keenum signing stated that if the Broncos lost out on the Cousins signing they’d go with Plan B (Keenum) and get a rookie in the draft. That seems more likely now that there is a two year deal on the table.
Money was a factor in this signing and I believe they are getting the same type of player for a lot less commitment. The case will be a more than serviceable bridge quarterback for whoever they decide is the future of the franchise. With his new found confidence he is a capable mentor to a rookie and Lynch/Kelly who are still on the roster.
Let me know what you think about the signing and how it impacts their future plans at the position.