Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Baltimore Ravens agree to trade Joe Flacco to Denver Broncos

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 14 February, 2019, 01:08

After just one season with the Broncos, it appears that Case Keenum is already the odd man out in Denver following the team's surprising trade for Joe Flacco on Wednesday.

While the Ravens trading Flacco isn't surprising given the fact that coach John Harbaugh named rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson the starter going forward, the timing certainly is. Two games earlier, in the divisional round, Flacco's Ravens beat the Broncos in double-overtime, after the quarterback completed a 70-yard touchdown bomb over Broncos safety Rahim Moore's head to tie the game with under a minute remaining in regulation.

In nine starts with the Ravens past year, Flacco had 2,465 passing yards and 12 touchdowns to six interceptions.

The good news for Denver is that Flacco's contract is very simple to get out of in 2019, so this could represent another one-year trial should the Broncos be interested in waiting to draft a successor quarterback. The Broncos wield the No. 10 overall pick and were thought to be potential QB seekers of the highest order.

ESPN said the trade can not take place until March 13 when the new NFL league year begins. Before the injury, Flacco was on pace to set career bests for most passing yards and fewest interceptions.

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Jackson helped the Ravens reach the playoffs, and has been established as the quarterback of the future in Baltimore.

That leaves Washington, strapped for cap space with franchise quarterback Alex Smith on the mend, and Jacksonville. Now we know the team might be opting for the latter.

In the short term, this probably alters the market a little bit for the Super Bowl LII MVP.

The more teams needing to draft a quarterback, the better for the Green Bay Packers.

Flacco, 34, is a former Super Bowl MVP, but he's largely underwhelmed since Baltimore's championship season in 2012. So, Elway could find himself with both Flacco and Keenum-two league-average starters at this point in their careers-on his roster at the same time for a fairly mammoth cap obligation.

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