Ravens agree to trade Flacco to Broncos

Posted February 14, 2019

Staring at what's largely perceived to be an anything-but-elite QB draft crop, with a screaming need at the position, John Elway, naturally, has made a decision to trade for Joe Flacco.

But his arrival ends the brief starting tenure for Case Keenum.

The Denver Broncos reached an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens to trade for quarterback Joe Flacco, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN. He spent 11 seasons with the Ravens and was the MVP of their Super Bowl triumph over the San Francisco 49ers to conclude the 2012 season.

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In nine games a year ago, Flacco threw for 2,464 yards, completing 232 of 379 attempts for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Denver will send a mid-round pick in the deal, NFL Network reported.

With Denver holding the No. 10 pick in the draft, Broncos fans have to wonder if the team will draft a quarterback. The trade won't officially be processed until the start of the new league year on March 13, but I think it's safe to assume that Flacco is a Bronco - I don't see this turning into a Lakers-Chris Paul trade situation... curse you, David Stern. They're now committed to carrying at least $28.5 million on the cap at the position, but would that dissuade them from adding another roughly $3.5 million (the cap charge for last year's 10th overall pick, Josh Rosen, was $3.2 million)? None of the money is guaranteed, so the Broncos could cut him with no salary cap penalty at any point. Flacco has been extremely average in his National Football League career aside from one season in which he was the quarterback on the NFL's team of destiny, the 2012 Baltimore Ravens.

Flacco was not in the team's future plans with Lamar Jackson coming on last season, and this move solidifies it. In his last four seasons as starter he went 24-27 after a 72-40 mark in his first seven.

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Flacco has also gone through multiple injuries that have affected both his availability and his performance, he's 34 years old, he hasn't had a season in which he's thrown more than 20 touchdowns since 2014, and his contract-which the Broncos will inherit-is a real doozy.

How much of an upgrade will Flacco be over Keenum for the Broncos? He's a career 61.7 percent passer with a 1.56 touchdown to interception ratio.

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