After Joe Flacco and the Broncos’ offense greatly struggled against the Chiefs this past Thursday, Vic Fangio was asked during his media availability Friday if the team will consider making changes on offense. “We consider that every week,” Fangio said. “Win or lose, but we’re not going to make a change just for the sake of making a change. We’ll look at it closely and weigh the alternatives, and we’ll make a decision.” Fangio was then asked if quarterback is one of the positions where they will consider making a change. His answer was short and to the point: “No.”
As of now, the only alternative to Joe Flacco is former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, who is yet to attempt a pass in a regular season NFL game. Second-round pick Drew Lock is still on injured reserve and won’t be eligible to play until Week 11. After Lock returns, Denver will have to decide if he’s going to be activated to the 53-man roster. If Lock is brought back from IR, then a quarterback change could be on the horizon, and Flacco’s time in Denver could be over.
However, if the Broncos decide to move on from Flacco after this year, his restructured contract could make such a move a costly one. $17MM of Flacco’s base salary this year was converted to a signing bonus, spread from 2019-2023, and created $13.6MM in immediate salary cap space for the Broncos. If the Broncos had not touched Flacco’s contract, the books would have been clean after this year if they chose to move on. Now, if they cut him in March, they will absorb a $13.6MM “dead” salary-cap charge in 2020. As of Friday, the Broncos have a little over $11MM cap space.
Through seven games, Flacco has thrown for 1,648 yards, with six touchdowns and five interceptions, while averaging a dismal 7.2 yards-per-attempt and taking 23 sacks. The 2-5 Broncos will look to rebound next week when they take on the Colts in Indianapolis.