On the heels of rookie signal caller Lamar Jackson getting the starting job with the Ravens and leading the team to the postseason this past year, Baltimore has reportedly chose to send its Super Bowl winning quarterback and person whose career is essentially one big meme to the Denver Broncos. According to ESPN, "the Broncos began to study him during Super Bowl week" and "the demand at the position is one reason Denver pounced on Flacco". The trade won't be finalized until March 13 at the earliest, when the new National Football League year officially starts.
Flacco was the starter for most of his 11 seasons with the team before a hip injury sidelined him after nine games this season.
Flacco lost the starting job in Baltimore to Lamar Jackson, the 32nd pick in last year's draft.
The good news for Denver is that Flacco's contract is very simple to get out of in 2019, so this could represent another one-year trial should the Broncos be interested in waiting to draft a successor quarterback. Additionally, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Broncos are now entertaining trade offers for Keenum. The Broncos wield the No. 10 overall pick and were thought to be potential QB seekers of the highest order. Flacco, remember, also has dealt over the past two seasons with a disc issue in his back. Since 2015, Flacco has averaged 503 attempts, 302 completions, 3,179 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions as a season average. Case Keenum finished the season ranked 21st in yards per game (243.1), 23rd in passing touchdowns (18), and tied for second in picks (15).
The Joe Flacco era in Baltimore has reportedly come to an end.
This marks the first trade for new Ravens general manager Eric Decosta, who replaced Ozzie Newsome at the conclusion of last season. He has one year remaining on a two-year, $36 million contract, with $6.5 million of his $18 million due for 2019 guaranteed if he is released. "Just how many different life changes I went through and how much we won here".