In a move that will surely anger those that are in the anti-Kirk Cousins camp, Case Keenum, the quarterback who was at the helm of the Vikings quarterback position last season and who was the man that most of the anti-Kirk Cousins train were pointing to as the QB the Vikings should retain, is reportedly signing with the Denver Broncos when Free Agency officially starts.
Within the first 12 hours of the NFL's legal tampering period Monday, the Broncos held preliminary talks with Cousins but moved in on Keenum and quickly reached an agreement by late that night.
Four days after the Browns dropped out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes by trading for Tyrod Taylor, the Broncos appear to have followed suit.
The Jets and Cardinals seem to have made Cousins their No.1 priority.
ESPN reports that the Broncos considered Cousins and also had discussion about former Keenum teammate Teddy Bridgewater, but instead went with Keenum on what is expected to be a short-term deal, per 9News. Looks like winning Super Bowl 50 came with a prominent voice along with a sweet ring.
Keenum has been allowed to hit the open market by the Vikings despite leading them to the NFC championship game last season.
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.
Keenum would have veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as his targets in Denver after Elway chose not to release either of the expensive wide receivers.
Keenum also has a connection in Denver, as Broncos senior personnel adviser Gary Kubiak coached the QB for two seasons with the Houston Texans. "Obviously, we have to get better at that (quarterback) position", general manager John Elway said at the National Football League combine.
That said, if the Broncos intend on drafting a quarterback still with the fifth overall pick, this deal does not make much sense to me.
For Keenum, he will now face a pile of expectations in a quarterback-crazed region that saw its team win a Super Bowl just two seasons ago.
Whoever quarterbacks the Denver Broncos in 2018 will have at least one thing to be thankful for. "Obviously we have to get better at that position".
"I still think that we're not too far away", Elway said earlier in the offseason.
Arizona is just one game under.500 over the last two years without a reliable starting quarterback. That doesn't all go on the players.