Joe Flacco reportedly traded to Broncos

Virginia Santiago
February 14, 2019

ESPN's Adam Schefter says that the Ravens and Broncos have an agreement in principle, but that the trade can not be processed until the new NFL league year begins on March 13.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco talks on the phone on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver September 5, 2013.

Teams can not comment on any trade deals or terms until the start of the new NFL league year on March 13.

Flacco was the starter for most of his 11 seasons with the team before a hip injury sidelined him after nine games this season.

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Flacco was sharp in a victory over the Broncos in Baltimore early last season, so he can still play, but he's been battling some injury issues and was "Wally Pipped" past year by Lamar Jackson when his injuries forced him to miss some games.

The Broncos had three options for the quarterback position this off-season: draft a young stud, stick with Case Keenum, or trade for a veteran.

So while Flacco is unlikely to bring a Super Bowl victory to Denver, the Broncos' move to bag him works as a domino effect. The team underperformed previous year with a record of 6-10, finishing third in the AFC West, and Keenum was partly to blame for the disappointing season. He completed 365 of 586 passes for 3,890 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

The former Heisman Trophy victor threw for 1,201 yards on 99 attempts for six touchdowns and three interceptions. The Ravens must carry Flacco's $26.5m cap hit until 1 June, per the NFL Network. "Not only did Flacco perform well under Kubiak when he was the Ravens" offensive coordinator in 2014, but there is also connection between Kubiak's system and the one run by current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan (Shanahan worked on Kubiak's staff in Houston from 2006-09 where some of his offensive concepts were cemented).

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Without needing to use a first-round pick on a quarterback, the Broncos will likely address one of their other positions of need.

Keenum, 30, signed a two-year, $36 million deal before the 2018 season.

Elway is always in what he calls win "from now on" mode, and Flacco's arrival will be just more proof of that.

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