Joe Flacco is officially on his way out of Baltimore, as the Ravens have agreed to trade him to the Broncos, despite Case Keenum having signed a two-year deal in Denver just last season.
Adam Schefter reported that the deal has been agreed to in principle, but it
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.
Flacco was benched after suffering a hip injury last season and failed to regain the starting role even after he was healthy. He was demoted to clipboard duty as the team explored the potential of Lamar Jackson and his incredible speed.
The Ravens felt that Flacco's contract was too expensive for a backup quarterback, as the former Super Bowl MVP was set to earn $26.5 million in 2019.
The Broncos were expected to consider drafting a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft, but it looks like they will hold off and utilize Flacco as their starter for the foreseeable future. He costs a mid-round pick only.
And that pick seems to be one of the two fourth-rounders in their stockpile.
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
Vic Fangio's always been connected to him, even from a one-season tenure concurrently in Baltimore.
New Broncos HC Vic Fangio spent one season in Baltimore while Joe Flacco was Ravens’ QB and knows what he will be getting. Former Broncos’ exec Gary Kubiak also was a Flacco fan, and has mentioned how much he liked the soon-to-be Broncos’ quarterback. They were strong selling pts— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2019
In 2018, Flacco made nine starts, throwing 12 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading the team to a 4-5 record.
Keenum inked a two-year, $36 million deal with the Broncos, who will likely be looking to offload him during the offseason.