Redskins get QB Kyle Allen in Panthers trade
The Washington Redskins traded with the Carolina Panthers for a quarterback – but not the one some perhaps expected. Washington has acquired Kyle Allen in exchange for a fifth-round pick, sources told ESPN.
Redskins want to develop sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins and looked for a quarterback who could compete with him but would know how to handle being a replacement.
When the Panthers pulled PJ Walker from the XFL on Monday, it gave them five quarterbacks on the roster, including Newton. This made Allen useless. Carolina had signed a one-year contract with the exclusive rights free agent earlier this month.
Allen, an undrafted free agent from Houston in 2018, gives Washington a quarterback who knows the offense from new coordinator Scott Turner. Turner was the Carolina quarterbacks coach for Allen’s two seasons. It was important to add someone who knows offense, given the possible lack of off-season work in the NFL this spring.
Haskins will have to learn a new offense, and the only other quarterback on the list was a veteran Alex smith, still trying to recover from the fractured tibia and fibula he suffered in November 2018.
Allen started 12 games last season – all but two to come as Rivera still coached the Panthers. Allen threw 17 touchdowns with 16 interceptions and went 5-7 with the Panthers losing the last six starts.