With the Lamar Jackson era having already started in Baltimore, it would appear that the Ravens have wasted little time in removing his veteran predecessor from the roster after it was announced on Wednesday that they had an agreement in place with the Denver Broncos to trade quarterback Joe Flacco.
Breaking: Baltimore has agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Broncos, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2019
Trade cannot be processed until new NFL league year begins Wednesday, March 13. Teams prohibited from commenting on deal or terms surrounding it.
Consistently ranked among the bottom third in the league at his position statistically since winning the Super Bowl in 2012, no player has made more out of a successful playoff run financially and done less on the field than Flacco. Signed to six-year, $120.6 million deal in 2013, the Ravens quarterback never came close to living up to the size of the contract and the deal would impact the teams ability to retain their own free agents for years to come.
Joe Flacco brings to #Broncos:— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 13, 2019
* recent history of back & hip injuries at age 34
* forthcoming salaries of 18.5M (2019) & 20.3M (2020)
* pocket-sloth mobility
* 6.3 yards per attempt over the last 4 years
* last reached 7.0 YPA a half-decade ago
With initial reports suggesting Baltimore may have earned as much as a fourth-round pick from the Broncos, the Ravens should consider themselves lucky to have found a suitor willing to pay that much for a player who has failed to record a quarterback rating higher than 84.2 in each of his last four seasons.
Confirming Broncos have agreement on trade for Baltimore QB Joe Flacco. I was told teams had been discussing 4th-round pick in exchange. Broncos had two, fourth-round picks -- one from Demaryius Thomas trade to Houston. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 13, 2019
At 34-years-old, Flacco will now attempt to resurrect his career in Denver and will also have to agree to a reduced contract by the sounds of it.
Meanwhile, many Broncos fans will rightly be questioning whether Flacco is really an upgrade over Case Keenum. Sadly, the Pittsburgh Steelers will not play the Broncos in 2019.