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Free agent updates: Keenum headed to Denver; Texans to add DB Colvin, OT Henderson

Case Keenum will be headed to Denver. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

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.

Meanwhile, the Houston Texans will reportedly add former Jaguars CB Aaron Colvin, who will sign a four-year deal, and offensive tackle Seantrell Henderson. Both fill major needs.

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.

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Astros set to bring back a familiar face

Castro is back! Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart is reporting that Jason Castro will rejoin the Astros after agreeing to a two-year deal with Houston for $7 million which also includes 2 million in incentives. Martín Maldonado and Castro will split the catching duties, which gives the Astros lineup flexibility by having a right-handed and left-handed hitting option at catcher.

Castro was drafted by the Astros 10th overall in 2008 and left in free agency after the 2016 season. Last year, Castro hit .188 and is a career .230 hitter. Keep in mind, Maldonado's contract will be up after this season and Castro could be the main catching option for the Astros in 2022 if they don't bring him back. Plus, the Astros drafted catcher Korey Lee with the 32nd overall pick in 2019 and Castro is a nice safety net if Lee is not ready for the majors next season, which seems likely.

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