The Baltimore Ravens settled their QB problems today, as they have sent Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos. The 33-year-old has spent his entire 11-year career with the Ravens.
In exchange for Flacco, the Broncos will be sending a mid-round draft pick to Baltimore. Ian Rapoport reported that the exchange cannot be finalized until the new year begins, which begins on March 13.
Rapoport also added that the Broncos and Flacco will need to rework his deal. The Broncos also signed Case Keenum to a two-year deal last season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2019
During his time in Baltimore, Flacco picked up one Super Bowl right with the Ravens. He also helped lead the team to multiple playoff appearances. In the Ravens’ only Super Bowl victory with Flacco, he was named the Super Bowl MVP. In that game, Flacco managed to toss 287 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Today’s deal confirms that the Ravens will be committing to Lamar Jackson moving forward. When the deal is completed, Baltimore will be saving $10.5 million in cap space.
Rumors started circulating Monday about a potential deal between Denver and Baltimore. It is expected that this off-season will see numerous QBs be dealt to different teams. Denver struck early, as it is expected that the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins are all in pursuit of a new quarterback.
ESPN reported that the Broncos began studying Flacco during Super Bowl week and wanted to make a deal before the combine. Coach Vin Fangio spent one season in Baltimore as well and Gary Kubiak is a noted Flacco fan.
Lamar Jackson replaced Flacco last season, starting in 7 games. His QB record was 7-1 during that time. The Ravens would be defeated in the Wild Card round by the LA Chargers, 23-17.
Flacco dealt with a hip injury last season, which gave Jackson the opportunity to start. Once Flacco returned and was healthy, it was still Jackson as the Ravens’ starting quarterback. Jackson finished the season with 6 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions. He also threw for 1201 yards.
Right now, it is uncertain what Denver will do with both Keenum and Flacco. Keenum is 30-years-old but will turn 31 in a few days. The Broncos lost four straight to end the season, finishing with a record of 6-10.