Ravens Joe Flacco Traded to Broncos

Feb 14, 2019, 01:00
Ravens Joe Flacco Traded to Broncos

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and several other media reports, the Broncos have agreed in principle to trade for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Flacco was cleared later in the year, but the Ravens chose to start rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Broncos are expected, when everything becomes official, to send a midround pick to the Ravens (expected to be one of their two fourth-round picks) for the Super Bowl XLVII MVP. Overall, in his 11 years as a starter with the Ravens, the team compiled a 96-67 record while Flacco threw for over 38,000 yards and 212 touchdowns.

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Niner Noise listed the Broncos as one team San Francisco could trade down with in the 2019 NFL Draft. The trade won't officially be processed until the start of the new league year on March 13, but I think it's safe to assume that Flacco is a Bronco - I don't see this turning into a Lakers-Chris Paul trade situation... curse you, David Stern. Well, now that punchline moves on to Denver as John Elway gets the strong-armed quarterback he's been looking for.

Denver's Case Keenum era appears to be closed. When the deal is completed, the Ravens will save $10.5 million in cap space.

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Keenum, who has consistently talked of his hope of being the Broncos' starter long-term, carries a salary-cap charge of $21 million if he's on the roster for the coming season and actually would have a bigger cap charge than Flacco's $18.5 million. True to his station throughout his National Football League career, Keenum was decent enough, though hardly world-beating, completing 62.3% of his passes and throwing 18 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.

Waka Flacco Flame is on the move. The Ravens were 4-5 under Flacco before Jackson led them on a 6-1 tear to earn a playoff appearance. The team underperformed past year with a record of 6-10, finishing third in the AFC West, and Keenum was partly to blame for the disappointing season.

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