Ravens give up Flacco – New home Denver
In the National Football League (NFL) there are signs of a spectacular change of players. According to US media reports, the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos have agreed on a transfer from Ravens-quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver. In return, Baltimore will receive a mid-round pick from the Broncos.
Officially, the transfer can only take place on 13 March, when the new NFL season begins. Until then the two clubs are not allowed to make a public statement.
Flacco was selected by the Ravens in 18th place in the first draft round in 2008 and has been playing in Baltimore ever since. In his very first season he was able to assert himself as a starter and also led the Ravens into the play-offs. There they reached the Conference-Final, where they lost against their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers with 14:23. But Flacco is the first rookie quarterback to win two play-off games and was also named Rookie of the Year.
Flacco maintained his high level and set a new NFL quarterback record with 44 wins in the first four seasons. In the 2012/13 season, he led the Ravens to triumph in the Super Bowl XLVII (43-31 against the San Francisco 49ers) and was voted Final MVP. A few weeks later he extended his contract with the Ravens until 2019 and for some time advanced to the highest paid player in the NFL. In 2015, Baltimore even extended the contract until 2021, although Flacco missed much of the season due to a cruciate ligament rupture.
In the season just ended, Flacco lost his place as a starter to rookie Lamar Jackson due to an injury. Even after Flacco was fit again, Ravens-Head-Coach John Harbaugh decided for Jackson. With the trade now negotiated, it’s clear that the Ravens will be looking to Jackson as their franchise quarterback in the future. A sale of Flaccos would also save the raves a lot of money in the salary cap.
Denver: What about Keenum?
The Denver Broncos are still looking for a successor to legend Peyton Manning, who resigned after winning the Super Bowl in 2016. No playmaker has been able to live up to expectations. Prior to last season, the Broncos were able to get Case Keenum from the Minnesota Vikings for a lot of money. Thirty-year-old Keenum established himself as a starter and was on the pitch in all 16 games of the regular season, but is likely to be retired. With a record of six wins and ten losses, Denver missed the play-offs in the AFC West.
Although Flacco is 34 years old, he could be a solution for Denver. Broncos head coach Vic Fangio knows Flacco from his time as Ravens coach (2006-09).
Flacco-Trade as a prelude to the quarterback carousel?
The Trade Flacco will be only the first of a few exciting quarterback changes from 13 March. Especially the future of Nick Foles is causing a lot of rumours. The 2018 Super Bowl winner has bought himself out of his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, and would thus be a Free Agent. Although the Eagles can still bind Foles by franchise tag at short notice, this is generally not expected. Rather, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are no longer happy with Blake Bortle’s, are showing great interest. But also the Washington Redskins, where the future of the severely injured Alex Smith (shin and fibula fracture) is uncertain, as well as the Miami Dolphins, who are supposed to consider a trade from Ryan Tannehill after missing the play-offs again, are in the quarterback race.