Report: Redskins near deal for Broncos QB Keenum

The Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos are working on a trade that would send displaced starting quarterback Case Keenum to D.C., multiple outlets reported Thursday.
According to the reports, Keenum’s contract — including $18 million in salary for 2019, $7 million of which is guaranteed — is being addressed to make the deal more palatable for the Redskins.
NFL Network reports Keenum was Washington’s preferred option among available quarterbacks, as the team seeks a signal-caller to compete with Colt McCoy while Alex Smith tries to return from a compound fracture and additional complications post-surgery.
The Broncos, who will officially acquire Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens when the new league year begins next week, are motivated to trade Keenum instead of releasing him because it would create an additional $7 million in savings against the cap. Releasing Keenum would save Denver $11 million while leaving $10 million in dead money, but a trade would save Denver $18 million with only $3 million in dead money.
Keenum, 31, threw for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season after joining the Broncos on a two-year, $36 million pact in free agency. He had easily the best season of his career in 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings, throwing for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Washington had previously been connected to top quarterbacks prospects available in the draft and to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, who could become available via trade if the Cardinals take Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.
–Field Level Media

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