Latest On Broncos’ Joe Flacco

After Joe Flacco‘s latest beck MRI, the Broncos are confident that the quarterback will be able to play in 2020, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (via Twitter) hears. Of course, it remains to be seen whether he’ll be playing in Denver. 

If the Broncos move forward with youngster Drew Lock as their starter, Flacco would be a logical veteran backup. However, his contract calls for $20.25MM in base salary next year, so he’d have to agree to a sizable pay cut in order to make that work. Barring a new deal, the Broncos can release Flacco to save $10MM+ against the cap with $13.6MM left in dead money.

Injuries have hampered Flacco throughout his career. He missed time in 2015 and 2018 and also played through back pain in 2017, but his latest neck injury was especially serious. In early November, the Broncos shut the signal caller down for the second half of the season.

Flacco, 35, completed 65.3% of his passes in 2019, higher than any previous season in his career. That doesn’t quite tell the whole story, though – he also threw just six touchdown passes against five interceptions.

If Flacco reaches free agency, he’ll be overshadowed by a crop of QBs that may include some mix of Tom Brady, Ryan Tannehill, Teddy Bridgewater, and other big names. Still, his latest scan indicates that he’ll be ready to go for teams eyeing a backup or a bridge solution for a rookie passer.

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22 comments on “Latest On Broncos’ Joe Flacco

  1. Ironman_4life

    I wonder what Qb they draft this year. Every year they draft “there” guy.

  2. kevin

    Flacco didn’t seem to be liking Denver last yr he played with no passion he played like he didn’t like the off calling . I think he might do better else where

    • Ironman_4life

      There comes a point in time when you no longer care about something you have done your entire life. Add a 8 figure bank account and the motivation deflates.

    • dorfmac

      It’s almost as if you described Joe Flacco in Baltimore before he even went to Denver!

  3. Polish Hammer

    Rumored to be backup in Philly, would be an interesting veteran addition.

    • Trevor

      I’d suggest SanFrancisco. Good defense, good TE, and run the ball. Don’t think you can put too much on the back of Flacco.

  4. nentwigs

    With a history of BACK injuries and now having sustained a neck injury (not beck); at age 35 perhaps it is just time to ride off into the sunset and manage his bank account.

  5. crazylarry

    I thought he retired after he won the Super Bowl or at least played like he was retired.

  6. crosseyedlemon

    Poor Joe can’t get no love but I’m thinking he’s probably less of a financial albatross than equally wonky Big Ben… who is 3 years older.

  7. Max Jackson

    Joe’s biggest problem is going to be his ego. Would a Super Bowl QB be okay playing backup? Cuz he’s not going to get a bonafide chance at starter and he’d have to have a hell of a camp to garner that kind of $$$.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Lock has only had 5 starts so he’ll have to prove he is both durable and consistently productive before we can say Flacco has lost any chance of being the starter.

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