Cousins will sign with Minnesota

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It could work in the Broncos' favor if they could bring the quarterbacks in for a visit. "I have a bunch of different offense, I also have good defense, you know?"

What is it they say?

I don't ever remember being aware of the "legal tampering" period before, but with the Kirk Cousins saga besieging us, it's a date I've had circled on my calendar since shortly after the Super Bowl. That means speculation should turn to actual substance soon, as deals begin to leak out in advance of Wednesday - when teams can officially announce deals for outside free agents.

The Denver Broncos are expected to sign quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year contract worth around $36 million once National Football League free agency opens Wednesday. Keenum is more hard to judge, but the $16 million to $20 million-a-year should cover it.

The Jets will host free-agent defensive end Benson Mayowa at their Florham Park facility on Monday, a source told Newsday. Although the Browns just acquired Tyrod Taylor from the Bills, they could still use another quarterback to take over the reigns. The Broncos traded up to select Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft. NY also could consider bringing back Josh McCown and/or drafting a quarterback.

Bust as reports and speculation fly about Cousins's next team, the Broncos must also consider their fallback plans among the second-tier free-agent quarterbacks.

Which wouldn't be a bad option.

Keenum was 11-3 as a starter last season for the 13-3 Vikings.

John Elway is looking to free agency for his fix at quarterback following a season in which all three of his drafted QBs fell flat in Denver.

Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins warms up.

Bradford enjoyed his best pro season in 2016, throwing for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Vikings before he made only two appearances a year ago due to a knee injury. In 57 games started for the Skins, Cousins has put forth 16,206 yards, 99 touchdowns and 55 interceptions to go along with a stellar 65.5 completion percentage. Denver is one above-average quarterback away from making a serious playoff run, but they are focusing in on Cousins to lead the way as their gunslinger.

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