It looks less and less likely that Case Keenum will return to Minnesota next season, but he will find more interest and a bigger deal than he did a year ago. Cousins is now deciding between the Vikings, the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals, Schefter reported.
The Broncos are hoping to be a playoff contender once again.
In landing a player they see as their starter, the Broncos expanded their options with their first-round draft selection this year. He played two-plus seasons each for the Texans (where he played for Broncos adviser Gary Kubiak) and Rams, and one season with the Vikings.More news: Lead exposure increases risk for premature deaths & cardiovascular diseases
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The Broncos, who own the fifth pick in next month's National Football League draft, also considered Cousins following a 5-11 season in which Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all struggled behind a porous offensive line and questionable play-calling before Mike McCoy was replaced by Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.
Keenum resurrected his career in Minnesota this past season, throwing for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions en route to leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game.
The Vikings were also rumored Monday to be gauging Drew Brees' interest in leaving the Saints, although an unconfirmed report Monday said Brees and the Saints had agreed on a two-year, $48 million contract. There were some things that we should have done that we should have done differently that we didn't do. This move also helps bolster the Vikings chances of landing the quarterback they apparently do believe is the answer, Kirk Cousins, as the Broncos were considered one of the two other teams that were a potential landing spot for Cousins. "I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly".