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Broncos have agreement to trade for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

Broncos have agreement to trade for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Denver will send a mid-round draft pick to the Ravens in return for Flacco. Previous year he threw for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, completing 61 percent of his passes, in nine games.

The Ravens drafted the 34-year-old 18th overall in 2008. Meanwhile, the Broncos never got their 2018 quarterback, Case Keenum, to replicate the kind of efforts he enjoyed with the Minnesota Vikings the year before. Former Broncos executive Gary Kubiak also was a noted Flacco fan, and his opinions were a strong starting point to selling Denver on the deal. The trade won't officially be processed until the start of the new league year on March 13, but I think it's safe to assume that Flacco is a Bronco - I don't see this turning into a Lakers-Chris Paul trade situation... curse you, David Stern. Elway and 49ers general manager John Lynch have a working rapport, and Denver (picking at No. 10 overall) has a slew of draft picks to use as part of a possible move up in the draft order. He has three years and $63 million remaining on his contract. They accrued an extra fourth-rounder in October when they traded wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans. In his career he's thrown for more 38,245 passing yards and 212 touchdowns.

Per Schefter, the deal will save the Ravens $10.5 million in cap space.




So while Flacco is unlikely to bring a Super Bowl victory to Denver, the Broncos' move to bag him works as a domino effect.

Per OverTheCap.com, Flacco has a $26.5 million cap obligation for the 2019 season, and a $16 million cap hit were he to be released. So, Elway could find himself with both Flacco and Keenum-two league-average starters at this point in their careers-on his roster at the same time for a fairly mammoth cap obligation. In his last four seasons as starter he went 24-27 after a 72-40 mark in his first seven.

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