The Denver Broncos recently acquired former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco via trade. Since then, the future for quarterback Case Keenum has been unclear. That is until the team traded the signal caller to the Washington Redskins earlier today.
The Broncos signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal last offseason. After one season with the team, the Broncos decided that it was time to move on. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Denver is sending Keenum and a seventh-round draft pick to Washington in return of a sixth-round draft pick.
The #Broncos and #Redskins have agreed to terms on a trade to send QB Case Keenum to Washington for draft picks and with an adjusted contract, sources say. Broncos get Skins 6th, Washington get a 7th.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2019
The Washington Redskins traded for quarterback Alex Smith just last year. But, after a horrific leg injury in week 11 of the 2018 season, Smith’s NFL future is not guaranteed. This left a hole in the quarterback position for the Redskins. The team cycled through three different quarterbacks throughout the remainder of the season. Acquiring a signal caller was the most important need for the team, so trading for Case Keenum makes sense. But, will Keenum be the best option for the team moving forward?
The Redskins will be the fifth team Keenum has played for in his seven-year NFL career. The quarterback spent most of his years as a backup until recently. Keenum found himself starting for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017 where he led the team to the NFC championship game. This was the season Keenum proved to be a starter in the NFL which led to his signing with the Broncos.
With the Broncos, Keenum threw for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Finishing the 2018 season with an 81.2 passer rating, Keenum seemed to have fallen back into mediocrity.
After an at-best average season, it is interesting to see if the Redskins organization will use Keenum as their starting quarterback. No matter the case, acquiring the signal caller will give quarterback Colt McCoy some competition and add depth to the quarterback position.
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