Multiple sources are reporting that the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens have reached a trade agreement, sending Joe Flacco to Denver in exchange for “a mid-round pick”. The trade comes after Flacco was replaced by rookie Lamar Jackson in the middle of the 2018-19 season, with Jackson performing well enough to earn the job long term in Baltimore.
Flacco will come to Denver looking to add an experienced game managing quarterback, a characteristic that Broncos QBs have lacked since Peyton Manning left in 2016. Last year’s quarterback acquisition, Case Keenum, was not a success in his first season in Denver, leading the Broncos to a sloppy 6-10 season. Keenum threw a career high 15 interceptions last year, and was unable to compliment the breakout run game that rookie Phillip Lindsay offered Denver.
With Flacco, the Broncos are getting an 11 year veteran who has passed for a total of 38,245 yards and 212 touchdowns. In 2012, Flacco maneuvered the Baltimore Ravens through the post season, winning the Super Bowl that season. Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP. In nine starts last season, Flacco went 4-5 and recorded 2,465 yards, 12 TDs, and 6 INTs.
At age 34, Flacco looks more like a temporary fix the the Broncos instead of a long term starter, but it does appear that he will walk into the starting role immediately in Denver. The Broncos have no depth at the quarterback position, with Case Keenum and no-namer Kevin Hogan being the only QBs on the roster. Adding the veteran just might get this Broncos over the hump next season, as the Broncos are bringing back a defense full of playmakers, including 2018-19 NFL AP All-Pro Von Miller. It will be interesting to see just how far Flacco can take these Broncos next season.