Flacco trade shakes up quarterback picture in NFL Draft

Flacco trade shakes up quarterback picture in NFL Draft

Flacco trade shakes up quarterback picture in NFL Draft

- The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly ready to trade former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos.

Like the Alex Smith trade during Super Bowl week a year ago, there are some maneuvers that are so critical to a team's planning that they often get done before the start of the new league year.

Flacco was a first-round draft pick out of DE and won NFL Rookie of the Year Honors in 2008. The influx of rookie quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft started it. Teams long stuck in purgatory found guys who may be their answer: Baker Mayfield with the Cleveland Browns, Sam Darnold to the New York Jets, Lamar Jackson and Baltimore, Josh Rosen with the Arizona Cardinals, and even Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.

The 34-year-old Flacco has had back issues the last few seasons and his play has slipped. Irrelevant int he 2017 NFL Draft, and he managed to briefly win the backup QB spot behind Case Keenum in 2018. Albert Breer reported the Broncos will send their own fourth-round pick to the Ravens, holding onto the fourth-round receiver from the Houston Texans in the Demaryius Thomas deal in October.

Flacco led the Ravens to the Super Bowl in 2013 and was the Super Bowl XLVII MVP. The Broncos wield the No. 10 overall pick and were thought to be potential QB seekers of the highest order. The Ravens must carry Flacco's $26.5m cap hit until 1 June, per the NFL Network. Flacco was the Ravens opening day starter, but in Week 9 he suffered a hip injury and Jackson snagged the starting job.

In nine games a year ago, Flacco threw for 2,464 yards, completing 232 of 379 attempts for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. But the compensation headed from Denver to Baltimore will be a mid-round pick, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. He has one year remaining on a two-year, $36 million contract, with $6.5 million of his $18 million due for 2019 guaranteed if he is released. True to his station throughout his National Football League career, Keenum was decent enough, though hardly world-beating, completing 62.3% of his passes and throwing 18 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. "Just how many different life changes I went through and how much we won here".

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