Broncos Trade Keenum to Redskins

Broncos Trade Keenum to Redskins

By: Caleb J. Duncan

The search for their quarterback now seems to be over. After losing Alex Smith to a major leg injury last season, the Washington Redskins have traded for Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum.

The Broncos will receive Washington’s 6th round pick in the 2020 draft while Washington will receive Denver’s 6th round pick for the same year.

Keenum’s contract was also reworked. He’ll receive a $500,000 bonus for the contract being changed. Denver will pay out $3.5 million of his $7 million contract while Washington will equal it and pay $3.5 million towards Keenum as well.

While Keenum excelled in Minnesota during the 2017 season his starting role with Denver did not bring the same accolades. The Broncos went 6-10 and Keenum threw for 3,890 yards to go along with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The Broncos faced a majority of teams with a winning record and turmoil in the organization could have also played a part in the lack of production from Denver. Both head coach Vance Joseph and offensive coordinator Bill Musgraves were fired after the season.

After losing Smith the quarterback situation did not improve. Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez failed to produce any meaningful production in the last half of the season and the Redskins ultimately finished the season 3rd in their division with a 7-9 record.

This trade is not very exciting, but the hope is that Keenum returns to his 2017 form and boosts the Redskins to compete in their NFC East.

Keenum, being a journeyman in the league, could very well leave Washington after this season if Alex Smith can return and play. Smith’s leg injury was severe and got worse and he suffered an infection after surgery. There is a chance Keenum starts the entire season as the starter for the Washington Redskins.

Since Keenum was on a two-year contract in Denver then he may find himself on another team after the 2019-20 season. Being 31 years old it may be difficult for Keenum to continuously secure starting roles in the NFL. However, if he can succeed in Washington then his chances should improve.

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