Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Quarterback Case Keenum expected to be traded from Denver to Washington

Case Keenum has a new home.

Following the news of quarterback Joe Flacco being acquired by Denver, Keenum, according to multiple reports, will be traded to the Washington Redskins at the start of the new league year on March 13.

The Redskins traded for quarterback Alex Smith last year, but he suffered a right-leg fracture that required multiple surgeries due to infections. It’s unclear if he’ll play in 2019, and the only other quarterback on the Redskins’ roster is Colt McCoy.

On Feb. 21, Keenum was a guest on the Sports Spectrum Podcast, and told us he was trusting in God to direct his football future.

“You know, really, it’s really open-ended right now. We don’t know what’s going to happen, there’s still a lot up in the air; this is really fresh. So a lot of these emotions that we’re talking about are still kind of going on, still happening. So who knows what’s going to be in store? I don’t for sure, God does. But we’ll be ready for whatever God has in store for us next,” Keenum said.

Keenum, 31, started all 16 games for the Broncos in 2018, the most games he has ever started in one season. Denver finished the year 6-10 while Keenum threw for 3,890 yards (a career high; 14th in the NFL), 18 touchdowns (23rd) and 15 interceptions (tied for second).

“For us, it’s another chapter in our lives and we’re going to roll with it,” Keenum said with his wife, Kimberly, by his side. “We’re going to approach this like I do everything in my entire life, and that it’s not by accident this has happened. It’s just another chapter and another opportunity to overcome some adversity in my life.”

Prior to signing with Denver, Keenum went 11-3 as a fill-in starter for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017, when the Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship Game. Keenum threw for a career-high 22 touchdowns that season, and posted a career-high 98.3 quarterback rating. It helped him land his first surefire starting gig in the NFL. But after a disappointing season in Denver — the Broncos missed the playoffs for the third straight season after winning Super Bowl 50 — Keenum is once again on the move, reportedly to the Redskins.

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