Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Ravens Trade QB Joe Flacco To Denver Broncos, Industry Sources Say

Ravens Trade QB Joe Flacco To Denver Broncos, Industry Sources Say

Late Wednesday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Broncos and Ravens had agreed to a trade which would send quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver. The trade can not be consummated until the NFL league year begins on March 13th.

Flacco, 34, doesn't have any more guaranteed money on his contract, but the contract does come with a cap hit of $18.5 million for 2019.

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.

Ever since Peyton Manning retired from football after wining the Super Bowl in 2016, the Denver Broncos have been abysmal.

The former Heisman Trophy victor threw for 1,201 yards on 99 attempts for six touchdowns and three interceptions. The Ravens will absorb a $16 million cap penalty for trading Flacco.

Schefter reported the Broncos were quick to move on Flacco with so many other quarterbacks expected to switch teams and fellow teams in need. He also threw for 3,890 yards and 18 touchdowns.

New Broncos coach Vic Fangio was in Baltimore for Flacco's first two seasons, so he knows what he'll be getting. He helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl XLVII win over San Francisco.

Of all the rookie quarterbacks, Haskins is viewed as the safest prospect, thus planting him as a likely top-10 pick.

There are multiple ways for Denver to get out of Flacco's deal down the line.

Flacco has been remarkably consistent over his career in terms of PFF grading with no grade lower than 65.2 and no higher than 78.5 since being drafted before the 2008 season. That Elway clearly doesn't envision any potential plug-and-play candidates in the lot at No. 10 isn't stunning, but given his track record of acquiring QBs, it can be interpreted a few different ways.

The Broncos in recent years have tried Keenum, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch at quarterback.

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