But Keenum also found it hard to thrive in the quarterback-crazed city where both Elway and Manning continue to cast long shadows.
Yes, Keenum isn't bringing the same fanfare a Josh Rosen trade would have.
Keenum's first and only season in Denver didn't go well.
Keenum starred for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017, helping them reach the NFC Championship Game. As a team, the Redskins would be better off going with McCoy, who was knocked out for the season past year, after he went down with a leg injury in the second quarter of the team's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Keenum threw for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season after joining the Broncos on a two-year, $36m pact in free agency. That's a bargain, especially for a cash-strapped team like the Redskins.
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With his reworked salary affordable, the Redskins didn't give up much in the trade. According to sources, the Broncos are finalizing a trade with Washington, sending Keenum to the Redskins, who have been seeking a starter since Alex Smith's gruesome leg injury placed his career in jeopardy. He says Denver is getting Washington's 6th-round pick in 2020, while Washington gets Denver's 7th-round pick in 2020.
Smith is considered a longshot to play in 2019, and the Redskins still haven't said whether he will play in 2019. The Broncos have agreed to trade the quarterback to the Washington Redskins.
Con: What happened to the youth movement? His quarterback rating dropped 17 points from the year before.