After going from third-string quarterback to leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game, Case Keenum is expected to sign with the Denver Broncos when free agency opens Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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The 29-year-old passer started in 14 of his 15 games played in 2017. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes, throwing for more than 3,500 yards, 22 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. While the Vikings were known for their defense, he showed at times he could help them win games offensively.
He got his opportunity with Teddy Bridgewater still recovering from his knee injury prior to the 2016 season, and Sam Bradford out with his own knee injury. He did enough to convince the Broncos he can be their starter in 2018.
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How much the team saved by going with Keenum hasn’t yet been revealed and likely won’t be until Wednesday, but Cousins was probably going to cost close to $30 million per year and Denver will save plenty by getting Keenum instead.
On Wednesday we’ll also get a chance to see how committed the Broncos truly are to their new Ed Dickson Womens Jersey quarterback. Keenum will presumably be the starter in 2018, but the team also has 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch on the roster and could identify another quarterback to be the future face of the franchise with the No. 5 pick.
Either way, Keenum will get another chance to prove he can be a viable starter and help a team win. And the Broncos 锟斤拷 who finished No. 3 in total defense in 2017 but were bogged down by interceptions and poor quarterback play 锟斤拷 look like the perfect team to allow Keenum to replicate his breakout season.
Poe, 27, played with the Falcons in 2017 on a one-year deal, recording 2 1/2 sacks and 23 tackles. He spent the previous five seasons with the Chiefs, earning Pro Bowl selections in 2013 and ’14 and recording 13 sacks and 156 tackles in his time in K.C.
He has been remarkably durable, starting 92 of 94 games regular-season games.
That’s currently the seventh-biggest cap hit at his position,If the Lions do ship him out, they’ll have a significant void to fill.
Michael Roberts, a fourth-round pick out of Toledo last year, would be expected to pick up some of the slack.
He vastly improved as a blocker throughout the course of his rookie season, and proved he has receiving chops at the collegiate level, particularly in the red zone,That said, Roberts would be the only tight end on the roster who played meaningful snaps last season and additions would be necessary,The free agent market is led by Jimmy Graham and Tyler Eifert,Graham has been one of the top receiving tight ends in the NFL the past seven seasons, but his numbers dipped last season, most notably his yards per reception, which were a career-low 9.1.