Broncos going after free agent fix at quarterback

Ross Houston
March 14, 2018

In New York, Jets fans are crouched in the closet, telling themselves Teddy Bridgewater is ready to blossom despite playing two series in two years because of a catastrophic left knee injury.

Cousins has spent his entire National Football League career so far in Washington, starting all 48 regular season games across the last three seasons and throwing a career total of 99 touchdowns against 55 interceptions.

Cousins entered the free agent market this offseason as one of the top quarterbacks available. If it's a multiyear deal with a one-year escape clause for the Broncos, a la what happened between the Bears and Mike Glennon in 2017, Denver remains strongly in play to use the No. 5 overall pick on a quarterback.

Surprisingly, Cousins will sign a deal with Minnesota who went 13-3 in the 2017 season, even making a trip to the NFC title game.

Last season, Minnesota crashed out against the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles in the NFC Championship game, but the addition of Cousins will make the Vikings an even more risky team.

Keenum, 30, is coming off a career year in Minnesota, where he started 14 out of 16 regular-season games in place of the injured Sam Bradford. They only had Bryce Petty and Joel Stave under contract, meaning NY will likely want to find one more body for competition or depth. Green Bay has the same Super Bowl odds as Minnesota with the quarterback expected to be completely healthy at the start of the 2018 season. Spielman has been with the Vikings since 2006 and in that time the Vikings have had the same starting quarterback on consecutive opening days only three times (Tarvaris Jackson, Brett Favre and Christian Ponder). Most importantly, the entirety of Cousins' $84 million deal is guaranteed, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. But the opportunity to sign Cousins is a rare one that could not be passed up.

Conversely, Keenum overcomes ordinary talent with terrific intangibles - basically a relatively proven version of what the Broncos undoubtedly hoped Trevor Siemian could become.

Will that be enough to get the Vikings the first Super Bowl trophy in franchise history? We didn't play well there past year. Kubiak coached Keenum for two seasons (2013-2014) when Kubiak was the Texans head coach.

There's a new king of the All-Time Highest Paid Player Mountain.

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