Ravens agree to trade Joe Flacco for Broncos

Ravens agree to trade Joe Flacco for Broncos

It became clear that Joe Flacco would leave the Baltimore Ravens soon after coach John Harbaugh decided last season to make rookie Lamar Jackson the team's starter in the quarterback before Flacco.

Now there is a goal to this inevitability: Flacco goes to Denver. The Ravens have entered into a preliminary trade agreement with the Broncos, making the former Super Bowl MVP the latest attempt by Front Office executive John Elway to solve the quarterback Quandary in Denver.

Trading has not been announced and can not be officialized for another month under the NFL rules. However, it was confirmed by a person familiar with the deliberations after being first reported by ESPN.

According to this person, who commented on the condition of anonymity, because the two teams had not immediately confirmed the deal, the ravens are to receive an intermediate decision from the Broncos in the NFL draft. It is assumed that the selection is one of the two decisions of the fourth round that are currently owned by the Broncos.

The Ravens had said they would be considering Flacco commercials this off-season. Harbaugh gave Flacco a public farewell after the Ravens lost at home to the Los Angeles Chargers in the opening round of the AFC playoffs.

"Joe will have a market," Harbaugh said then. "There will be many teams who want Joe because they understand that. And I'm in Joe's corner, wherever he is, unless we play her. "

The Ravens set off to elect Jackson with the final round of the first round of last year's draft, signaling the beginning of Flacco's term in Baltimore. Jackson became the starter when Flacco was disabled by a hip injury and played well enough to sustain the job after healing Flacco's hip. The Ravens modified their approach to take advantage of Jackson's running skills and won the AFC North title.

The 34-year-old Flacco launched in 2018 with nine games for the Ravens and threw 2,465 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions. He spent eleven seasons with the Ravens and was the MVP of their Super Bowl triumph over the San Francisco 49ers to complete the 2012 season.

He has three years and $ 63 million from his contract. He will receive $ 18.5 million next season, $ 20.25 million in 2020 and $ 24.25 million in 2021.

The Broncos have signed Case Keenum as the last off season's free agent, but are apparently ready to switch from him as a starter and hand over the job to Flacco. It is unclear whether Keenum, who is entering the second season of a $ 36 million two-year deal, will remain in the squad as Flacco's backup. He would probably have to accept a revised contract to stay or he could be released or traded to another quarterback-needy team.

Elway, the former quarterback of the Broncos' Hall of Fame, continues to seek a solution to the team's quarterback dilemma. He signed Peyton Manning in 2012 as a free agent and it worked well. Manning won a league MVP award and a Super Bowl title in his second NFL act in Denver.

But Elway's recent attempts to find a franchise quarterback for the Broncos were not so successful. He drew Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, all of whom have switched to other teams. He signed Keenum. Nobody was the answer. At last year's NFL Scouting Combine, Elway was asked if he was frustrated with his quarterback turns and failures.

"Believe me, I'm not finished swinging and missing," he said. "Well, Misses does not bother me. We just have to find a way to get it right. We are working on that right now. "

Vic Fangio, the new head coach of the Broncos, was the linebackers coach for the Ravens in the first two NFL seasons of Flacco.

NFL stores can become official when the new league begins on March 13th. The free agent market will open the same day.

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