On Thursday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Redskins were working on a trade with the Broncos that would send Case Keenum to Washington. At the time, Rapoport reported that the trade wasn't done yet, but both teams were "motivated" to push it past the finish line, which made sense. After , the Broncos had no real need for Keenum. After losing Alex Smith to an injury that , the Redskins needed a starting quarterback.
Not long after, the details of the trade came through. According to 9News' Mike Klis, the Broncos will get a sixth-round pick in 2020 and pay half of Keenum's salary in addition to a $500,000 bonus, which comes out to $4 million in total. The Redskins will get Keenum for $3.5 million and a seventh-round pick in 2020.
Broncos have trade parameters with Washington for QB Case Keenum: Broncos get WAS 6th in 2020, WAS gets Broncos 7th in '20, per source. Keenum's contract reworked. Broncos pay him $500K restructure bonus and pay $3.5 million of his $7M salary. Washington pays $3.5 mi. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 7, 2019
And that could take the Redskins out of the running for Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, who is due to . If the Cardinals take Murray with the top pick in the draft, they'll need to move on from Rosen, a top-10 pick just a year ago. Given the state of the Redskins' quarterback position, they were an obvious candidate to trade for him, right up until the moment news of the Keenum trade emerged. If the Cardinals are looking to trade Rosen, they might have to look elsewhere.
Keenum shouldn't be the reason why the Redskins reject any offers that involve Rosen, but his presence makes it less likely they'll wind up with Rosen. The Redskins are slightly less desperate to get him now.
For Keenum, it's a tremendous opportunity to audition for a starting job in 2020. After an out-of-nowhere career year in Minnesota -- he nearly led the Vikings to the Super Bowl -- . He proceeded to morph right back into the kind of quarterback he was prior to the 2017 season, completing 62.3 percent of his passes, averaging 6.6 yards per attempt, and throwing 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in a full season as the Broncos' starter. The Broncos agreed to trade for Flacco after the season.
According to NFL Network's James Palmer, Broncos general manager John Elway preferred to keep Keenum around as a backup on a reworked contract, but was willing to trade Keenum if that's what he wanted.
Elway was willing to do whatever Keenum wanted. If he had is preference, he'd have Keenum back with an adjustment to his contract and be in a backup role, but the Broncos were never going to stop Keenum from seeking a trade himself or finding a trade partner themselves. https://t.co/4jOHGZ4Aqg— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 7, 2019
Keenum should be able to beat out Colt McCoy in a quarterback competition. For as shaky as he's been throughout his career, Keenum has at times demonstrated the ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. McCoy almost never has. Projections from Stephen Oh of SportsLine give the Redskins a 13.2 percent chance of making the playoffs with Keenum and an 11.8 percent chance with McCoy.
Regardless of how next season goes, the Redskins -- like the Broncos -- still need to address their long-term future at the quarterback position. Even if Smith returns for the 2020 season, he'll be 36 years old. Keenum likely isn't the long-term solution. He's nothing more than a bridge quarterback. The Redskins now need to figure out what that bridge leads to, because as of now, it's leading to a 36-year-old quarterback coming off a.