For the second year in a row, the Washington Redskins are placing their playoff hopes in a veteran quarterback from another organization. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Redskins agreed to a deal to acquire Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos. The Broncos will get the Redskins’ sixth-round pick, while the Redskins will receive a seventh-round pick in the reported deal.
The Redskins are hungry to get back to the postseason. Once again, they are placing their faith in a quarterback jettisoned from the AFC West. Last year, they received Alex Smith in the offseason. Now, the Redskins are hoping Keenum can become a solution to their playoff woes.
In 2017, Keenum led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship game. However, he was ineffective in the quest for a spot in the Super Bowl. As a result, the Vikings continued with their plan to push Keenum aside. He was discarded for former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. One-year later will will see exactly how fair this trade is.
Keenum accounted for 22 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions in his only season with the Vikings. More importantly, the Vikings were (11-3) in 14 starts. The Broncos thought they might find the same magic. Unfortunately, Keenum produced 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He led the Broncos to a (6-10) record.
Once the Broncos completed a deal to acquire Joe Flacco, there was real opportunity for Keenum to be let go. They found a nice suitor from a team in need of a veteran quarterback. He will have an opportunity to replace Alex Smith, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in the 10th game of the season. Smith’s career is in jeopardy. However, he led the team to playoff contention before the injury. The Redskins were (6-4) with Smith at the helm. They plan to get the same competent quarterback play from Keenum in 2019.
Overall, Keenum has 64 touchdown passes and 42 interceptions in seven seasons. He’s thrown 40 of those touchdown passes in the last two years. Maybe Keenum will flourish against NFC competition once again.