WASHINGTON (AP) — The Redskins have traded for a quarterback coach Ron Rivera is plenty familiar with. Just not that one.
Washington on Monday acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers, according to a person with knowledge of the move. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
It’s not as big a splash as getting Cam Newton, but Allen becomes competition for 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. Rivera coached Allen with Carolina the past two seasons before being fired and repeatedly praised his toughness.ADVERTISEMENT
Allen, 24, has thrown for 3,588 yards, 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 15 NFL games in 2018 and 2019, all with the Panthers. He became their starter last season when Newton got hurt.
Rivera made it clear upon taking over control of football operations that he wanted a veteran to compete with Haskins for the starting job. The Ohio State product completed 58.6% of his passes and threw for seven touchdowns and seven interceptions during his rookie year.
The Redskins appeared likely to fill the void at quarterback from the outside and let Colt McCoy and Case Keenum leave in free agency. Allen became available when Carolina agreed to terms with XFL star P.J. Walker on a two-year deal.
In addition to trading for Allen, Washington continued its roster makeover by making deals official with tight end Logan Thomas and safety Sean Davis and re-signing defensive lineman Caleb Brantley. Rivera has so far strayed away from major moves, with the biggest perhaps being a multiyear contract with cornerback Kendall Fuller.
More could be coming in the form of subtractions. The Redskins are listening to trade offers for left tackle Trent Williams and cornerback Quinton Dunbar.