Ex-Broncos QB Joe Flacco agrees to 1-year deal with Jets

Ross Houston
May 23, 2020

He started Denver's first eight games previous year before suffering a season-ending neck injury.

Denver cut Flacco with a failed physical designation in March. The deal is worth $1.5 million but could reach $4.5 million if he hits certain incentives, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jets General Manager Joe Douglas was a scout with the Ravens in 2008 when the Ravens selected Flacco with the 18th pick in the draft.

The move to bring in Flacco gives third-year starter Sam Darnold a veteran backup, but one who is also coming off a herniated disk that cut short his only season in Denver and required surgery to fix.

Last year, Flacco was traded to the Denver Broncos where he had a very weak season and found himself without a job. Flacco is far from the Super Bowl MVP he was back in 2013, but he might still have enough in the tank to help the Jets in a time of need.

Schefter reports Flacco is expected to be cleared from that surgery by September and ready to go when the 2020 National Football League season starts. David Fales and Mike White are the other quarterbacks on the Jets' roster.

Flacco started eight games, throwing for 1,822 yards and six touchdowns. F lacco said he initially had neck issues a few weeks before the game against the Colts.

Flacco's signing is an improvement over where the Jets were at this time last season, when they had Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk as the team's backups to Darnold.

Joe Flacco is most certainly not elite.

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