Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

National Football League free agency: Bills have 'some interest' in QB Sam Bradford

National Football League free agency: Bills have 'some interest' in QB Sam Bradford

The Broncos entered the offseason as the favorites to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins, but the potentially record-breaking contract of demands for Cousins led the Broncos to move aggressively on Keenum. "I think we still have a good defensive football team". Elway should attack the draft with the thinking that Keenum is a fine bridge quarterback, but quarterback should absolutely still be in play for the Broncos with the No. 5 overall pick. He guided the Vikings to recent success in the playoffs - an experience Cousins still lacks after six years in the NFL.

Say what you want about John Elway's history of drafting quarterbacks - we don't know what he can do with a top five pick at that position. Keenum played for Kubiak with the Houston Texans, and starred in college at the University of Houston, where he once posted a nine touchdown game. That doesn't all go on the players. I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly. The Broncos reportedly attempted to trade for Keenum two years ago after Peyton Manning retired and while Kubiak was still Denver's head coach. The team is expected to keep Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly on the roster as Keenum's backups. Cousins was undoubtedly the top quarterback soon to become available, but with his spot atop the list of most teams came a price tag that could have ended up being too high for the Broncos' plans.

The teams that are really on the rise in the National Football League today are committing some of the least amount of their cap space to the quarterback position, which means that they are successfully drafting franchise players. Keenum has to be what the Broncos have seen in their evaluations and then a little more. Past year in Minnesota, Keenum started 14 games (11-3 record) and compiled a 98.3 passer rating.

Keenum had a career year after stepping in for Bradford, going 11-3 as a starter and throwing for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions as the Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

Manning had a spectacular closing chapter in Denver, leading the Broncos to the playoffs in all four of his seasons, reaching two Super Bowls and winning one.

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