According to multiple NFL reporters, quarterback Case Keenum has agreed to sign a deal with the Denver Broncos, ensuring that the Minnesota Vikings will have a new quarterback for the 2018 season. The deal is expected to be signed when free agency opens on March 14.
When free agency opens Wednesday, former Vikings’ QB Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos, sources tell ESPN.
First QB domino has fallen.
QB race is on.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
The Broncos’ senior personnel advisor, Gary Kubiak, was Keenum’s head coach in Houston. According to Charles Robinson, the reason the Denver Broncos took themselves out of the running for Kirk Cousins — who the Vikings, along with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, are rumored to be pursuing — is because Keenum’s potential contract structure is much more team-friendly than Cousins’ will be.
Some context inside the #Broncos Case Keenum signing: Senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak was deep in Keenum’s corner in the process. Denver decided against committing to the player-friendly Kirk Cousins contract structure, shifted quickly to Keenum.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 13, 2018
The Vikings, more familiar with Keenum’s play and proposed contract terms than anyone else, likely did not opt to match and either believe strongly that they’re the favorite for Kirk Cousins or that Keenum’s value and cost really didn’t align. The Vikings could have applied the franchise tag to Keenum, keeping him in Minnesota on an expensive one-year contract, but chose not to.