Free agent updates: Keenum headed to Denver; Texans to add DB Colvin, OT Henderson
Case Keenum, the popular former University of Houston quarterback, has found a new home with the Denver Broncos.
Keenum will sign on Wednesday when free agency officially opens. He is coming off a career year with the Minnesota Vikings, going 11-3 as a starter and leading them to an appearance in the NFC title game, where the Vikings lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles.
The 30-year-old Keenum has been the consummate journeyman, bouncing between two stints with the Texans and Rams before signing with Minnesota as a backup. He took over when Sam Bradford was injured, and was terrific, with career highs in yards (3,547), completion percentage (67.6), touchdowns (22), yards per game (236.5), QB rating (98.3) and total QBR (71.3). He was second in the league among QBs with at least 13 starts in QBR behind only Carson Wentz, who had 13 starts.
Before last season, he was just 9-15 as a starter over six seasons, but played for subpar teams. Denver is not as talented as Minnesota, but should have more weapons than Keenum had in Houston and St. Louis/LA.
Keenum also likely had an advocate in Gary Kubiak, who is involved with personnel in Denver and was Keenum’s coach in Houston. If 2017 was not an aberration but an indication he has developed into a solid QB, Denver should improve significantly over last year’s 5-11 record.
Meanwhile, the prizes of the quarterback class, Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins, appeared to be locked up as well. As expected, Brees will be staying in New Orleans on a reported two-year, $50-million deal, while Cousins will replace Keenum in Minnesota on a three-year, fully guaranteed contract.
Adam Schefter reported the Texans will add Colvin, who played nickel corner for the Jags last season and graded out very high on Pro Football Focus, although he has yet to record an interception in four seasons in the NFL. Still, he should help an ailing secondary. Henderson has been a very good tackle when he has been on the field, but he has served suspensions for marijuana use to help with his Crohn's disease. If on the field, he represents a significant updgrade.
The Texans have much more to do and reportly are they are close to a deal with Kansas City offensive lineman Zach Fulton and are pursuing the top offensive tackle in free agency, Nate Solder of the Patriots. They have also been linked to cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and E.J. Gaines. Running back Adrian Peterson has also expressed interest in Houston.