Redskins working on trade for Broncos' Keenum

The Redskins will also get a seventh-round draft pick in the deal, while they give up a sixth-round selection.

The 31-year-old Keenum, who was now slated to count $21 million against the Broncos' salary cap for the 2019 season, has reworked his contract and will be on a one-year deal with the Redskins, sources told Schefter. He signed a two-year contract with Denver after a miracle run with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.

Before arriving in Denver, Keenum played for the Vikings, the Texans and the Rams. Denver then went 6-10 in 2018, which led to the dismissal of head coach Vance Joseph and the hiring of Vic Fangio to replace him. Denver will also pay $3.5 million of the $7 million Keenum was guaranteed for 2019. Washington paid big money to Alex Smith a year ago, but he suffered a gruesome leg injury, and he isn't expected to return in 2019.

Denver, of course, found a replacement for Keenum when they traded for Joe Flacco last month. He still threw for 3,890 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Keenum, 31, will have to compete with Colt McCoy for the starting job, according to Rapoport, with the victor of that competition presumably holding the seat warm for Alex Smith. It's not something we wanted to happen. So who knows what's going to be in store.

General manager John Elway indicated at the National Football League combine last week that he would consider Keenum returning as a backup, but only if there was "a contract adjustment". "And not to mention, right now they can not get a deal that they want". The move immediately ended Keenum's time as the starting. That would free up almost $9 million. 9News in Denver's Mike Klis reports details of the trade. Restructured deals or contract extensions for others could free up more.


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