Joe Flacco Open To Joining Eagles?

If the Eagles give Joe Flacco a call, it sounds like he’ll pick up the phone. When asked about the possibility of signing with Philly, the free agent quarterback indicated that he’s open to flying with the Eagles. 

“I grew up with it. All my friends live and die with the Eagles,” said the South Jersey native (Twitter link via ABC’s Jeff Skversky). “There definitely be a lot of very cool things about that. You never know what the future holds.”

At this stage of his career, the one-time Super Bowl MVP profiles as a backup quarterback. The 35-year-old has been hampered by injuries for years – he missed time in 2015, played through back pain in 2017, and missed more time in 2018. In 2019, his first season with the Broncos, Flacco suffered a serious neck injury that sidelined him for the second half of the year.

Before that, Flacco turned in a 65.3% completion rate, the best of his career. However, he threw just six touchdown passes against five interceptions. In March, the Broncos waived him to take his $20.25MM in base salary off of the books for 2020. By dropping Jersey Joe, the Broncos saved $10MM+ against the cap with $13.6MM in dead money.

Given Carson Wentz‘s injury history, the Eagles can be expected to spend on a backup. They have ample cap room for the coming year and too many dollars committed for 2021, so they’ll likely target veterans on one-year deals. As it stands, Nate Sudfeld is slated to serve as Wentz’ QB2, but he has just $500K guaranteed on his new contract. Flacco could be a fit, but his friction with former Broncos offensive coordinator and current Eagles assistant Rich Scangarello may be a barrier.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      It’s so rare to see Joe get some love but I guess that is to be expected when the alternative could be Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez.

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Unless Joe is willing to work for about $6M he will be sitting by the phone for a long time before Howie calls.

  2. IBFarr

    Trade for a young QB that was drafted in the later rounds a year or two ago and develop them. Pick whoever fits your system. Whether it’s Trace McSorley, Luke Falk or Kyle Lauletta. Why take a veteran whose nearly ready to retire when you can bring a younger guy and teach them the way you want? I’m not sure Flacco mixes well with the Eagles system. He can throw a nice deep ball, but after that who knows.

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