ESPN's Adam Schefter reported early Tuesday morning that Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos once 2018 free agency officially begins on Wednesday.
Nothing is official, however, and it's still possible that Cousins could leave his visit to Minnesota Wednesday without a deal.
Stefon Diggs of the Minnesota Vikings leaps to catch the ball thrown by Case Keenum in the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Broncos are hoping to be a playoff contender once again.
Vikings to Sign QB Kirk Cousins
The Vikings have otherwise been finding stopgap solutions since moving on from 2011 first-round draft pick Christian Ponder. That season, his second in the league, he earned a Pro Bowl nod after a strong season through the air and on the ground.
The Broncos balked at Cousins' bargaining starting point Monday.
Siemian again handily beat out Lynch last summer, but the Broncos would cycle through their trio of homegrown QBs during a 5-11 season that almost cost rookie head coach Vance Joseph his job.
Denver is in the market for a quarterback after going through last season with Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch. 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; while they have options, they also have plenty of needs and limited salary cap space, unlike some other quarterback-needy teams.
Keenum also has a connection in Denver, as Broncos senior personnel adviser Gary Kubiak coached the QB for two seasons with the Houston Texans. That being said, we can get better in a lot of areas, like protecting the quarterback, continuing to run the football better and to play dominant defense. We just have to figure out a way to get it right. That doesn't all go on the players. We didn't play very well there past year, and that's not all on the players. "I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly".