Broncos quarterback John Elway has talked repeatedly during the offseason about the need to get better at quarterback.
According to a team source, two factors solidified Denver's pursuit of Keenum: The strong support of Broncos senior personnel adviser Gary Kubiak, and a player-friendly contract structure that is being pursued by Kirk Cousins. Cousins is now deciding between the Vikings, the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals, Schefter reported.
Keenum went 11-3 with 3,547 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions and threw that last-second heave to Stephon Diggs to stun the New Orleans Saints 29-24 in the playoffs. While Cousins is a very talented quarterback, not even Peyton Manning and all of his future Hall of Fame glory commanded that much when he signed with the Broncos back in 2012. Undoubtedly, the familiarity with Kubiak was one of the deciding factors in bringing Keenum in to be the Broncos' next starting quarterback. Keenum will have similar talent at receiver with the Broncos in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Those two realities made Keenum the more attractive choice for the Broncos - creating an aggressive push to get a deal hammered out on Monday afternoon. "Obviously, we have to get better at that (quarterback) position". This collection of draft picks would set the Broncos up nicely for both the 2018 and 2019 drafts. We didn't play very well there a year ago, and that's not all on the players.
Keenum's arrival means Paxton Lynch is expected to return as a backup with competition from Chad Kelly and a potential draft choice - that has not been ruled out - as Denver plans on trading Trevor Siemian. The Broncos shouldn't give up on a first-round quarterback, especially when they still have him under a rookie contract.
As momentum shifted away from Kirk Cousins, the Broncos zeroed in on their preferred target Case Keenum.