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Subject: General manager John Elway
Content: Case Keenum is joining his fifth team in five years and the Denver Broncos are turning to their fifth quarterback since Peyton Manning retired 24 months ago. General manager John Elway called Keenum "a great fit for us" after the sixth-year pro parlayed a breakout year in Minnesota into a two-year <a title="Terrell Owens Jersey" href="http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/terrell-owens-jersey">Terrell Owens Jersey</a> , $36 million deal with Denver. "Along with that experience," Elway said, "his leadership and competitiveness are what you look for in a quarterback." Elway, by the way, isn't done looking at quarterbacks. Elway and coach Vance Joseph were in Norman, Oklahoma, checking out Baker Mayfield's pro day when free agency opened Wednesday. Then they were headed for Los Angeles to watch Josh Rosen's pro day at UCLA on Thursday. Also, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press the Broncos were in negotiations Wednesday to trade QB Trevor Siemian to Minnesota, where the Vikings are pursuing free agent Kirk Cousins to be their starter. The Broncos were busy when free agency opened, keeping linebacker Todd Davis (three years, $15 million); adding cornerback Tramaine Brock (one year, $4 million); finalizing Aqib Talib's trade to the Los Angeles Rams; and trying to move Siemian, who won the starting QB job in Denver each of the last two years. Keenum is expected to sign his deal Thursday, giving the 30-year-old journeyman the big payday that's long eluded him and taking the pressure off Elway to use the fifth overall pick in the draft next month on a quarterback. It's no guarantee, however, that Elway won't still use that pick on a QB. 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Being around him in Houston, Case is a tremendous person and teammate with strong leadership skills and a terrific work ethic. He'll be great in our locker room." Keenum, who made $2 million last year, went 11-3 in place of an injured Sam Bradford, leading the Vikings to the NFC championship game. He threw for more than 3,500 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His signature moment was that last-second 61-yard touchdown toss to Stefon Diggs that stunned the Saints 29-24 in the playoffs. The Broncos haven't been back to the playoffs since Manning retired following Denver's 24-10 triumph over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 two years ago. They've cycled through Mark Sanchez, Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch <a title="Matthew Stafford Jersey White" href="http://www.lionscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-matthew-stafford-jersey">Matthew Stafford Jersey White</a> , while going a combined 14-18. The Broncos, coming off a 5-11 season, were considered an early front-runner to land Cousins. Minnesota, however, had a sparkling stadium, new state-of-the-art training facility, stacked roster and coaching stability to offer him, while the Broncos' main magnet was Von Miller. Even though he issued a public plea for Cousins to join him in Denver, Miller is welcoming Keenum to town . "Looks/Feels right to me!" Miller said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. "We got what we were looking for! Franchise QB that's the perfect fit for DENVER! @johnelway with the deep 3 pointer! Like always! Leeettttss Goooo!!! @casekeenum7 @casekeenum7 Time for me to hold up my end of the deal now!" Notes: The Broncos placed second-round tenders on two restricted free agents: C Matt Paradis and OLB Shaq Barrett. They declined to offer a tender to WR Bennie Fowler III. Free agent defensive tackle Beau Allen is eager to make a difference for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The former Philadelphia run-stopper signed a three-year, $15 million contract Thursday and has no qualms about leaving the reigning NFL champion Eagles to join a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in a decade. Allen said he’s excited about the challenge of doing his part to help the Bucs get better. ”We won the Super Bowl in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t all roses before that. We had tough seasons, too,” the fifth-year pro said. ”I’m not afraid of work at all,” Allen added. ”That’s why I’m here.” The 26-year-old tackle comes to the Bucs after spending the first four seasons of his career as part of a strong interior rotation with the Eagles, who led the league in rushing defense in 2017, limiting opponents to 79.2 yards per game on the ground. 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He appeared in 63 games, with eight starts, and had two sacks and 10 tackles for losses over the past four seasons. ”I pride myself on playing a pretty specific brand of football that did well for me in Philadelphia <a title="Tom Rathman Jersey" href="http://www.49erscheapstore.com/tom-rathman-jersey-cheap">Tom Rathman Jersey</a> ,” he said. ”I consider myself a tough, dependable, consistent guy. I think that’s one thing (Tampa Bay) liked about me, and that’s one thing that’s not going to change.” The Bucs went 5-11 last season, missing the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. The Eagles won their first Super Bowl title, however Allen hasn’t forgotten what it took to get there. ”Don’t get me wrong, winning isn’t easy in the NFL at all. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears, a lot of effort and a lot of dirty work that a lot of people don’t really realize,” Allen said. ”I’m excited to be in a place that when you go through those tough times and you work and then you get the rewards in the success of winning, it makes it that much better,” he added. ”I’m not afraid of that. … I’m really excited about the opportunity and the challenge.” — <a title="Seattle Seahawks Customized Jerseys" href="http://www.officialusafootballs.com/seattle-seahawks/customized">Seattle Seahawks Customized Jerseys</a>