Report: Broncos targeted Case Keenum all along, not Kirk Cousins
Case Keenum is expected to sign a deal with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. And according to The Denver Post‘s Nicki Jhabvala, the Broncos got the quarterback the team was targeting the entire time, as the former Minnesota Vikings quarterback was deemed a “better fit” over Kirk Cousins.
What’s more, despite several members of the Broncos openly recruiting Cousins over the past few months, Jhabvala also is reporting that the team was not even inclined to make an offer to the former Washington Redskins quarterback.
Case Keenum was the Broncos' guy. Not Kirk Cousins. Broncos felt Keenum was a better fit in many areas. Was told they did not offer Cousins.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 13, 2018
Reports surfacing Tuesday indicate Cousins, as expected, will sign a three-year deal with the Vikings. However, Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that no definitive decision has been made. Instead, McCartney indicated Cousins will take a meeting with the Vikings and proceed from there.
All that aside, it’s been widely believed that Cousins was destined to join the Vikings. Perhaps suggesting that Keenum was their “guy” all along is an attempt by Broncos brass to save face.
On the other hand, it’s entirely possible the Broncos, armed with the fifth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, were looking for a temporary fix at the quarterback position with the assumption one of the highly coveted signal-callers coming out of college will be available when the team picks in the first round.
Either way, given that Cousins was presumably unlikely to join the Broncos in the first place, Denver deserves credit for moving swiftly on Keenum, regardless of whether or not he was in fact their top choice.