Longtime Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco will be a Raven nevermore.
According to multiple reports, the Ravens have agreed to a deal with the Broncos that will send the 34-year-old quarterback to Denver in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft.
Though the deal is agreed upon, it can’t be announced yet as NFL rules prohibit teams from discussing trades until the start of the league year on March 13.
The MVP of Super Bowl XLVII when the Ravens knocked off the favored San Francisco 49ers 34–31, Flacco went 24-27 in his last four seasons as a starter and was replaced in the middle of last season by rookie Lamar Jackson.
Flacco has no more guaranteed cash remaining on his contract but, if Denver doesn’t try to get him to renegotiate, his current deal carries cap hits of $18.5 million for 2019, $20.25 million in 2020 and $24.25 million in 2021.
With other starting-caliber quarterbacks like Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill, Tyrod Taylor, and Blake Bortles expected to change teams, Flacco is the first big name to find a new home. 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.”
Last season, Case Keenum – who threw for 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions – was under center in Denver and led the Broncos to a 6-10.
In his NFL career, Flacco has thrown for more than 38,000 yards and 212 touchdowns.