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Unpacking reported trade sending Joe Flacco from Ravens to Broncos

14 February 2019
Unpacking reported trade sending Joe Flacco from Ravens to Broncos

The Baltimore Ravens have reached a tentative trade agreement with the Denver Broncos to send former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Flacco lost his starting job last season to then-rookie Lamar Jackson, making him an expendable commodity.

What the Broncos will give up for Flacco is unclear although NFL Network reported that it will be a mid-round pick.

Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Flacco has been remarkably consistent over his career in terms of PFF grading with no grade lower than 65.2 and no higher than 78.5 since being drafted before the 2008 season.

Meanwhile, the Broncos, who have the 10th overall pick in this year's draft, are addressing their biggest need as the NFL's offseason quarterback carousel is beginning to spin.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Whenever John Elway talks about a deal, a contract, a player or most anything that crosses his desk for the Denver Broncos, two words nearly always sum up his feelings about doing, or not doing, any of it.

Teams are prohibited from commenting on the trade or the terms until it is officially processed when the new National Football League year begins next month. Well, now that punchline moves on to Denver as John Elway gets the strong-armed quarterback he's been looking for.

Regardless, it became clear after the season that Jackson is the team's quarterback moving forward which made Flacco an expendable piece.

No word on what this means for Case Keenum, but he will likely be cut or the backup.

In March 2016, Flacco signed a three-year, $66.4m contract extension that runs through the 2021 season. In 2020, the cap number climbs to $28.250 million, though it would be just $8 million in cap hit if he were to be released.

Flacco was voted the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII in 2012. He's a career 61.7 percent passer with a 1.56 touchdown to interception ratio. The Broncos went 6-10 in the 2018 season and missed the playoffs.