After the league new year began at 4 p.m., the Denver Broncos officially acquired veteran quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens.
Flacco penned a goodbye tweet to the team he was drafted by and, until now, has played his entire career for.
The Ravens also released a farewell video in Flacco's honor.
Over 11 seasons in black and purple, Flacco threw for 38,245 yards, 212 touchdowns and 136 interceptions. He maintained a 61.7 completion percentage and 84.1 quarterback rating.
Flacco brought Baltimore one of its two franchise Super Bowl victories.
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The Redskins probably won’t get Kyler Murray. Dwayne Haskins either.
Drew Lock to Washington could happen. Maybe.
Daniel Jones? Bruce Allen might actually be able to trade back in the first round and still get the Duke quarterback.
What about Josh Rosen? The Cardinals QB might get dealt if Arizona goes with Murray at the top of the draft.
For the right compensation, and if he becomes available, Rosen to Washington can still happen, too.
All those options remain on the table because the truth is, the Redskins' trade for Case Keenum does not change all that much.
The reported trade, which can’t become official until Wednesday when the new NFL year opens, sends Keenum to D.C. for a swap of late round 2020 draft picks. Plus Denver eats the bulk of Keenum’s deal.
Financially and contractually, the deal is a win for Washington.
The Redskins get another quarterback to compete with Colt McCoy, and do so at a reasonable cost with minimal compensation.
Read that again.
The deal makes sense. All the way.
What the Keenum trade doesn’t do, however, is answer the Redskins' long-term questions at quarterback.
Alex Smith is owed $20 million this year, and more than $20 million next year. He seems very unlikely to play in 2019, and it’s possible he never plays again.
This year, Washington had to add a veteran passer at a minimal cost. The team did just that, and they got a passer who performed at a high level in 2017.
Keenum was magic for the Vikings in 2017, going 11-3 in 14 starts and throwing 22 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. He’s never touched that type of success elsewhere, but that doesn’t make it impossible to hit again.
He probably won’t do that, though.
Odds are that Keenum is a serviceable quarterback, not a franchise one.
He will probably make some plays, but take chances, and turn the ball over. The same is probably true for McCoy. History backs that up.
It’s entirely possible McCoy or Keenum kill it for the Redskins in 2019. It’s unlikely, but possible. Crazy stories emerge every year in the NFL.
Far more probable, however, is Keenum and McCoy both start games in 2019. It’s probable both quarterbacks, playing on one-year deals, are basically stop gaps for the next QB of the future in Washington.
That could be Rosen. That could be Lock. It could be Jarrett Stidham or Ryan Finley.
It could also be somebody from the 2020 draft.
The important thing to remember is the trade for Keenum doesn’t change the Redskins' ability to go get their QB of the future.
Whoever it is.
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The Washington Redskins have reportedly agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos to land quarterback Case Keenum, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Last year with Denver, Keenum finished with a 62.3 completion percentage and threw for 3,890 yards. Keenum had 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Over his career, Keenum has posted an 84.5 passer rating. By far his best season came in 2017 on a stacked Vikings offense, where he threw 22 TDs against just 7 picks.
NBC Sports Washington broke down what it would take to sign Keenum earlier this week. Read more about it here.
For Keenum to work in Washington, the veteran quarterback will have to take a big pay cut. Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reports that the Broncos will get Washington's 6th-round pick in 2020 and for Denver's 7th-round pick in 2020. With the restructured deal, each side will pay Keenum $3.5 million in salary.
He will compete with Colt McCoy for the starting job.
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