Is Keenum the Broncos’ long-term answer, or merely a stop-gap solution?

Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) looks on during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Broncos know who their starting quarterback is for 2018. Case Keenum, 30, heads to Denver from Minnesota, where he put up an MVP-caliber season during the Vikings’ impressive postseason run.

Keenum’s mobility, experience and accuracy were all on display last season, but¬†given that his contract is reportedly for only two seasons, ‘Broncos Blitz’ podcast hosts Ronnie K and Shawn Drotar, wonder if he’s the final answer to the team’s search for a long-term starter.

“I think [the Broncos] correctly read the tea leaves [and] realized that they were not going to be [Kirk] Cousins’ choice,” Drotar said, explaining that the team didn’t want to be held hostage by Cousins’ process and instead aggressively moved to obtain Keenum, the second-best available quarterback in free agency.

“That flexibility adds so much power,” Kohrt said. “They have the ability to take the player they want. A quarterback [isn’t] out of the picture yet; a guy who could be groomed under Case Keenum — this is a two-year deal for $36 million; $18 [million] per year, which is very affordable… a fair number.”

Drotar believes that the Keenum signing means that the Broncos won’t go with a quarterback with the No. 5 pick in the draft, and finds it likely that Denver will trade down, but Kohrt feels that would be a mistake. “They’ve got to take a quarterback at [No. 5]. You have to find your franchise guy,” he said. “Keenum is a perfect stop-gap; a guy that will start the next year or two and give you [an] 8-8 or 10-6 season. Maybe he recreates what he did in Minnesota; maybe a little bit better, maybe a little bit worse. [The Broncos will be] better than what they were last year — it’s not the long-term future, though.”

“If they come away with a rookie that’s [clearly] ‘the future’ in the draft, then you can look at [Keenum’s signing] as a success.”

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