Redskins: Three takeaways from the trade for Case Keenum

Mar 09, 2019, 00:44
Redskins: Three takeaways from the trade for Case Keenum

Keenum's addition in Washington means that he will compete with Colt McCoy to be the team's starting QB.

By adding Keenum at a reasonable price, they can still make a move involving one of their high draft picks and can create more cap room by, among other things, cutting linebacker Zach Brown or defensive end Stacy McGee.

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The Redskins, meanwhile, are facing an uncertain future with quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a compound fracture in his right leg last season that required multiple surgeries because of infections.

When the Philadelphia Eagles faced the Washington Redskins in Week 17 of the 2018 season, journeyman Josh Johnson started for Washington. Keenum will be a free agent in 2020. But Keenum is an experienced quarterback who has had success before. The team went 6-10, and coach Vance Joseph was sacked and replaced by Vic Fangio this offseason. The 31 year-old threw 18 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions to go with his completion percentage of 62.3%.

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Washington will be getting Keenum at a discount.

However, Keenum regressed in his first, and only, season with the Broncos, leading the team to a 6-10 record and the first back-to-back losing seasons for the club since 1972. "I learned what it is to be a franchise quarterback".

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Even before the deal with Washington came together, Keenum seemed to indicate he would be moving on, telling the Sports Spectrum Podcast, "My time with the Broncos has been really special". I have absolutely been so proud to wake up every day and to walk into that building to represent the Broncos as their quarterback.