Washington Redskins trade for QB Kyle Allen in deal with Carolina Panthers

Ron Rivera is reuniting with one of his former quarterbacks — but not the former MVP who appears to be headed out the door at some point.

The Washington Redskins agreed to acquire Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers in a trade, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero first reported the move.

Allen, 24, started 12 games for the Panthers and Rivera, the former Carolina coach, last season when Cam Newton was sidelined by a Lisfranc injury. The Panthers got off to a 4-0 start with Allen at the helm, but he struggled down the stretch, throwing 16 interceptions and fumbling 13 times on the year.

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Rivera was fired on Dec. 3 with four weeks left in the season. 

The Panthers agreed to a deal with former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker earlier on Monday. With Teddy Bridgewater signed as the likely starter, Walker is expected to compete with backup Will Grier.

Newton was given permission by the Panthers to seek a trade, though he later pushed back against the organization's statement and said the team "forced him" into the situation.

In Washington, Allen will likely serve as a backup to second-year starter Dwayne Haskins after Colt McCoy signed with the New York Giants last week.

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