If the Jaguars are looking to add a veteran QB off another team via a trade of free agency upcoming, a prominent target is now apparently, off the market. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the story on Wednesday morning that Baltimore is trading Joe Flacco:
More on Baltimore’s agreement in principle to trade QB Joe Flacco to the Broncos:https://t.co/oBlDGWndPv
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2019
The Jaguars are obviously in a market for a quarterback, as Blake Bortles was sent to the bench during his and the team’s dismal offensive play last year. And, it appears that Jacksonville will be releasing him later this offseason and eating the remainder of guaranteed money on his contract, etc.
Flacco is on the outs in Baltimore after rookie Lamar Jackson led them to a 6 -1 record down the stretch of the season, where they clinch the NFC North and made the playoffs.
He is an 11-year veteran that led the Ravens to the Super Bowl Championship in 2012, where he was named the game’s MVP. However that was a long time ago, and Flacco’s record since then he’s just 52 and 47.
He suffered a torn ACL at the end of the 2015 season costing him the final six games of that year. Flacco had originally gone to the bench this season with hip and back problems, but was healthy, as the backup, down the stretch in December and for the Ravens playoff loss with the Chargers.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport had more info a short time later on the compensation that it took to make the deal:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2019
The Broncos are motivated to make the trade after having a disappointing 2018 season, where journeyman QB Case Keenum was brought in as a free agent quarterback, but they never could get any consistent offense going. Denver fired coach Vance Joseph after a second straight losing year.
Ironically, one of the iconic plays of Flacco’s tenure in Baltimore was this bomb for a late touchdown to tie the game and eventually defeat the Broncos in OT in Denver in the playoffs:
Does Flacco have more Mile High Miracles in him? 🤔👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/WMA6amr6RD
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) February 13, 2019
Meanwhile, Jacksonville may still seek a veteran like Eagles soon-to-be free agent Nick Foles or they could end up drafting a quarterback at number 7 overall, too.
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