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There is ALWAYS something going on in the NFL, and on Wednesday, that something was Joe Flacco, according to reports, will be traded to the Broncos.

That move clearly affects both Baltimore and Denver, but it also relates to the Redskins, too.

How? Here are three ways, starting with the most obvious.

1) Flacco isn't coming to D.C. (but we knew that, right?)

JP Finlay has been saying for two months that the former Super Bowl champ wasn't going to be the Redskins' answer at quarterback. It's never fun to say this, but JP is now officially right.

Washington is boxed in when it comes to how much money they can spend under center, and Flacco would've cost too much for them, even on a reworked deal. They certainly could be in the market for a veteran passer, just not one with his price tag.

2) What about Case Keenum?

With Flacco now in Denver, the Broncos may no longer want Keenum, whom they signed last offseason to a two-year contract with an average annual salary of $18 million. 

Now, Keenum will be the only legit backup behind Flacco barring further moves, so maybe Denver looks to keep him at a different number as insurance. However, they could also cut him, which would carry a $10 million cap hit but also $11 million in cap savings.

Should they cut him, that'll give Washington another option to evaluate. Keenum had a forgettable 2018 — his 18 TDs, 15 INTs and 81.2 passer rating were not what the Broncos were hoping for — but that forgettable 2018 should also make him more affordable for the Burgundy and Gold. 

 

3) Draft implications

The Broncos are picking 10th in the 2019 Draft, while the Redskins are in the No. 15 slot. For those of you hoping Jay Gruden's team takes a first round QB, this is good news for you.

Denver will now be out of the running for guys like Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones. So, that's one fewer franchise for Washington to compete with for a rookie signal caller.

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