Broncos agree to trade QB Keenum to Redskins

Case Keenum’s time in Denver is over after the Broncos agreed to a trade with the Washington Redskins.

The Broncos will also send their 2020 seventh-round pick to the Redskins in return for a 2020 sixth-round pick, according to reports.

The Broncos will pay Keenum a restructure bonus of $500,000 and $3.5 million of the $7m salary he is due this year.

The 31-year-old’s departure comes after with the Broncos’ decision to trade a fourth-round pick to Baltimore for former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

Keenum started all 16 Broncos games in 2018, but failed to live up to expectations and couldn’t repeat his 2017 heroics in Minnesota behind an injury-depleted offensive line as the Broncos stuttered to a 6-10 season.

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John Elway revealed at the NFL Scouting Combine that he had left the door open to Keenum staying in Denver in a backup role with a restructured contract.

But there was always going to be a market for the veteran and quarterback-needy Washington jumped in to land an insurance policy with Alex Smith’s future uncertain as he recovers from a gruesome leg injury.

With Keenum heading out the door, the Broncos project to have Flacco as their starting quarterback, but no obvious backup with Colorado State alum Garrett Grayson the only other quarterback under contract in 2019.

Kevin Hogan, who backed up Keenum in 2018, is a restricted free agent.

As with Flacco’s move to Denver, Keenum’s move to Washington will not become official until after the start of the new league year on Wednesday, March 13.

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Paul is one of Broncos Europe's main contributors, based in London, England. When not providing us with the latest Denver Broncos news, he can be found in a sports bar watching any sport. A long-time Broncos fan, he tries to forget many of the bad pre-Manning years.

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