The Denver Broncos have agreed to trade for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed Wednesday to USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be processed until the new league year begins on March 14.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the trade. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote on Twitter that the Ravens will receive “a mid-round pick” in return.
Flacco, 34, spent a decade as the Ravens’ starting quarterback and led them to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII, earning MVP honors in the process. The Delaware product has thrown for more than 38,000 yards and 212 touchdowns in his NFL career, and he is due to make $18.5 million in 2019.
The move reinforces that Baltimore is ready to move forward with second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson as the full-time starter after he replaced Flacco midway through last season. Jackson started seven games as a rookie in 2018, throwing for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns while helping lead the Ravens to the playoffs.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh had indicated as much last month when speaking about Flacco’s future.
“Joe Flacco is going to play really well in this league,” Harbaugh told reporters. “Joe can still play; I think we saw that in the first half of this season. Joe’s going to have a market. A lot of teams are going to want Joe, because they understand that. I’ll be in Joe’s corner, wherever he’s at, unless we play him.”
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For Denver, Flacco represents another attempt to find stability at quarterback under general manager John Elway, who has struggled to find a long-term solution at the position. The Broncos have shuffled through a number of options under center since Peyton Manning retired, including Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and, most recently, Case Keenum.
New Broncos coach Vic Fangio was a defensive assistant on the Ravens’ staff during Flacco’s first two years (2008-09) with the team.