Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Only Vikings, Jets have shown interest in Cousins so far


The Denver Broncos have apparently worked out their quarterback situation ahead of the official start of free agency.

The free-agent quarterback will sign with the Broncos when the National Football League year begins Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported early Tuesday.

John Elway is looking to free agency for his fix at quarterback following a season in which all three of his drafted QBs fell flat in Denver.

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While Keenum comes as a "safer" bet than the Broncos using the No. 5 pick of this draft on a quarterback to groom, Elway's ability to build the kind of team that competes for a playoff spot each and every season will now largely hinge on his ability to build a roster around the players with the biggest contracts on the roster - Keenum and Miller. Frustration mounted in Denver as the organization was stuck without a solution at the position.

In Keenum, it would get a 30-year-old journeyman who led the Vikings to the NFC championship game after permanently replacing an injured Sam Bradford in Week 5. He completed 67.6 percent of his pass attempts and had a 22:7 TD:INT ratio.

With an National Football League loving nation following the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, teams like the Buffalo Bills are starting to turn their eyes toward more affordable options like Sam Bradford. Heading into 2018, Keenum has a new start, a hungry defense, and Bill Musgrave as an offensive coordinator.

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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. His ability to step up in the pocket and make throws was a key reason the Vikings went 13-3. Expect the Broncos to address Right Tackle in the Draft or through Free Agency. And it should be noted that the Broncos' best quarterbacks have largely arrived from somewhere else. Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield are two QB's who could be the Broncos pick.

Only the winless Cleveland Browns threw more interceptions than the Broncos' 22, and Denver had just one receiver catch more than 50 passes and finish with more than 560 yards receiving - Demaryius Thomas with 83 catches and 949 yards.

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