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The Denver Broncos Have Found Their New Starting Quarterback

The Denver Broncos running out onto the field.

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: The Denver Broncos take the field before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Broncos are hoping to be a playoff contender once again. Tuesday, it was reported that they intend to sign free agent quarterback Case Keenum.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum is headed to Denver when free agency officially opens on Wednesday.

This past season, the 30-year-old journeyman stepped in for an injured Sam Bradford and led Minnesota to an 11-3 record. The move to the Mile-High City marks Keenum's fifth stop since being drafted by the Texans in 2012 out of the University of Houston. During the regular season last year, the perennial back-up threw for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Unlike Cousins, Keenum also has a playoff win under his belt. In an NFC Divisional round win over the Saints, Keenum threw for 318 yards and one touchdown. The Broncos haven't reached the playoffs in the past two seasons and in Keenum, they get a postseason-tested quarterback. According to ProFootballTalk, a source with knowledge of the dynamics of the process believes Keenum's contract will be somewhere between $18 and $20 million per year, with Mike Klis of reporting that the QB is expected to get a short-term deal. Klis also reported that while the Broncos did have at least one negotiation with Cousins, the team did not make a "serious run" at the former Redskins quarterback and they focused their efforts on Keenum.

As for Cousins, considered the most sought-after QB in free agency, the Vikings, the Cardinals and the Jets all remain in play. According to Schefter, Minnesota remains the top potential destination for Cousins.