The Washington Redskins solved a part of their quarterback state of affairs. And so they did it by making an inexpensive transfer. However questions nonetheless stay now that they’ve Case Keenum together with Colt McCoy.
The Redskins traded for Keenum, a transfer that sounds large however actually may be nothing greater than them grabbing a backup for McCoy. It is a shrewd transfer contemplating it does not value them a lot: $three.5 million in cap area, due to Denver paying the half of his assured cash this season, and a sixth-round decide in 2020. In addition they obtained again a seventh-round alternative subsequent yr. It is a deal that may assist Washington, however it doesn’t scream: drawback solved. If the Redskins deal with this offseason like their final one, they are going to be including compensatory picks anyway.
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The Redskins like McCoy and he is nonetheless broadly seen within the group as somebody who might help them win video games. That’s, so long as they get extra expertise round him. Keenum could be seen in comparable phrases. For that matter, anybody they bring about right here could be appeared on the similar means.
The distinction between Keenum and McCoy surrounds their sturdiness. McCoy has by no means began 16 video games in a season and the previous two instances he has had an opportunity to be the starter right here, he was harm inside three video games. He broke his leg in his second begin this previous season.
With quarterback Alex Smith a longshot at greatest to return this season due to a grotesque leg damage, the Redskins wanted one other veteran on the roster. Keenum went 11-Four as a starter within the common season and helped a workforce attain the NFC Championship Recreation two years in the past. He has began 30 video games the previous two years; that is three extra video games than McCoy has began in his eight seasons mixed.
If the Redskins begin McCoy and he will get harm, they’re coated by a quarterback with expertise. If Keenum begins and performs effectively, the Redskins know McCoy will be capable of deal with the backup position. Each quarterbacks are cell; each shall be aggressive throwing the ball — and typically get into bother with interceptions. However additionally they will give receivers an opportunity to make contested catches. Receiver Josh Doctson shall be glad.
Case Keenum threw for a profession greatest three,890 yards final season for Denver, with 18 TD passes and 15 interceptions. AP Picture/Josie Lepe
When the Vikings beat the Redskins in 2017, Keenum threw for 304 yards — utilizing his legs as a weapon within the pocket — and 4 touchdowns. He additionally threw two head-scratching picks. That is Keenum; in plenty of ways in which additionally has been McCoy. Neither is the ball-control, low-turnover man like Smith. That would imply extra large performs down the sector, but in addition extra turnovers. Final season, Keenum threw 18 touchdowns and 15 picks for Denver. Therefore, the Broncos traded for Joe Flacco and Keenum is now right here.
In two playoff video games with Minnesota, Keenum turned the ball over 4 instances. That is a part of the explanation the Vikings pursued Kirk Cousins so onerous final offseason, finally signing him to a deal price $28 million per season. For what it is price, McCoy, Keenum and Smith add as much as a $27,275,000 cap hit. Cousins’ cap hit shall be $29 million this season.
However this is a key level: Neither Keenum nor McCoy is signed past this season. And there are nonetheless main questions on Smith’s future.
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Which means Washington may nonetheless add one other quarterback. The Redskins may simply draft one within the third spherical — or discover one within the first. The sensation at Redskins Park: Nothing is off the desk. Or, sure, commerce for Josh Rosen — together with his $1.2 million cap hit if traded, he is inexpensive. There’s nonetheless thriller surrounding what Arizona will do with the primary decide, which implies Rosen may not even be accessible. The Redskins know this. By making buying and selling for Keenum, the Redskins purchase themselves insurance coverage and might exhale.
They might have pursued a quarterback similar to Teddy Bridgewater, however it’s uncertain he would have signed for lower than he obtained final yr — $6 million. And he wouldn’t have been the assured starter forward of McCoy.
This commerce additionally permits them to maintain their heavy draft capital in the event that they wished to make a transfer for receiver Antonio Brown. They’d nonetheless must clear extra cap area, however in principle in the event that they wished to offer their first-round decide for Brown they might. Or they will preserve attempting to construct via the draft and use all 9 picks.
Buying and selling for Keenum will not assure Washington something. Who is aware of which model the Redskins will get: the Vikings one or the Broncos one? However they wished — wanted — insurance coverage and that is what they obtained. And, they will nonetheless make one other transfer.