Grading the Quinton Dunbar, Kyle Allen trades for the Redskins
Kyle Allen trade
It’s a bit crazy that the Redskins gave up a fifth-round pick to get Kyle Allen but that was all they could acquire for Dunbar. Giving up a fifth for Allen was a bit of an overpay, but it could turn out to be well worth it.
Allen is only 24 years old. He has made 13 starts at the NFL level, has a 5-7 record, 19 touchdown passes, 16 interceptions, 3,358 passing yards, and a career completion percentage of 62 percent. All told, that’s not too bad, especially for a quarterback that young.
Allen did regress a bit as the 2019 season went along. He started hot after taking over for an injured Cam Newton and managed to stave off Will Grier until the very end of the season when the Panthers wanted to get a look at the third-round pick. Allen has a good arm, solid accuracy, and has shown flashes of being a decent starter. That should make him one of the league’s better backups.
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It’s also worth noting that Allen comes cheap. He’ll make less than $700,000 in 2019. That’s important for the Redskins, as they needed a cheap backup considering what they’re spending on Alex Smith. He’s making $21 million but likely won’t play due to the brutal leg injury he suffered back in 2018.
Allen isn’t a game-changer. But he does fill a need for the Redskins on the cheap. He’s just as good — if not, better — than any quarterback they likely would’ve had a shot at drafting in the fifth round and since he’s so young, he can continue to get better. The price for Allen was probably more along the lines of a sixth-round pick. But given that the Redskins didn’t have one, they had to pony up a bit more to get him.
And sure, they could’ve waited for the Panthers to release him if they wanted to. But in all likelihood, another team would’ve surrendered a late-round pick to get Allen.
It will be interesting to see how Allen does in the preseason. And if he keeps developing, who knows what he’ll become? Either way, he was a solid get for the Redskins. They’ll be penalized a bit for the overpay, but it was still an above-average move.