After deciding to acquire Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, the Broncos knew that they would have to trade away their previous starting quarterback, Case Keenum, to open up the job for Flacco.
They got it done on Thursday, agreeing to trade Keenum to the Washington Redskins for a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
As part of the deal, Denver will pay half of Keenum’s $8 million salary in 2019.
Keenum provides veteran depth for the Redskins, who are currently facing a very uncertain future after Alex Smith’s gruesome compound leg injury clouded his future for the 2019 season
The Redskins are expected to pursue a quarterback in this year’s draft, but their acquisition of Keenum gives them the security of having an NFL veteran to play the position next year.
Keenum served as Denver’s starting quarterback last season, starting all 16 games and throwing for 3,890 yards, a career high.
He threw for 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on the year.
The season was the Houston graduate’s second as a starting QB after he led the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.
He’s now on the move again, hoping to help revive a Washington franchise that has struggled at the position since Robert Griffin III’s decline and eventual departure.