Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Former UH QB Case Keenum agrees to deal with Broncos

Former UH QB Case Keenum agrees to deal with Broncos

The day before free agency has been a big one for the Minnesota Vikings. They are pushing for a Super Bowl right now. Minus their flaws, they wouldn't be available on the open market.

There likely were two selling points brought up by Spielman when he presented his plan to Zygi Wilf and Vikings ownership after the season-ending loss to the Eagles in the NFC championship game.

Bradford enjoyed his best pro season in 2016, throwing for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Vikings before he made only two appearances past year due to a knee injury.

The Vikings, who were subsequently blown out at Philadelphia in the conference championship, chose to let all three of their QBs - Keenum, Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater - test free agency. Sources say negotiations with many are on hold as the Vikings wait to see how much money they will need to spend for a quarterback.

Bridgewater was once considered the future of the Vikings. Keenum fell into the ideal system under former offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, surrounded by a ton of weapons on offense, an offensive line that allowed him the freedom to extend plays with his legs and with the support of the No. 1 defense in the NFL. He has three straight seasons with at least 4,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and 64 percent completion. His 98.3 passer rating ranked seventh in the NFL, and according to Pro Football Focus, it only dropped to 94.5 when he was pressured, a key figure considering the Broncos gave up the third-most sacks in 2017. Currently, Peyton Manning holds those marks with 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns. Signing Brees to a two-year, $60 million deal would allow Minnesota to maximize its window while also keeping the cap clean for when Brees eventually hangs it up. Having said this, I would not trade the past decade for anything.

Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly, a seventh-rounder a year ago who sat out his rookie season with injuries, remain on the roster. At the end of the 2014 season - with one year left on his rookie deal - Cousins was a backup who made it clear he just wanted to compete for the starting job. But with Cousins off the board and a few other options spoken for, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has reported the Jets are working on a deal with Teddy Bridgewater. Newman told KFAN radio last month he wants to play next season, but he will be 40.

Free agency officially begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the fifth-year player reached an agreement to sign a five-year contract with Buffalo.

Nothing is official until the signing period opens, but if this is true it is going to make a lot of New York Jets fans very unhappy.

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