Joe Flacco Signs One-Year Deal With Jets

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2020

The one-year contract is worth $1.5 million.

The 35-year-old Flacco spent his first 11 National Football League seasons in Baltimore, where current Jets general manager Joe Douglas was a scout in 2008 - when the Ravens drafted the quarterback 18th overall out of Delaware. Douglas was a key member of the Ravens' personnel department who fought for Flacco during a draft process that eventually led to Baltimore taking Flacco with the 18th-overall pick, per NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. Denver released Flacco with a failed physical designation in March, and he is expected to be out until around September 1.

The Jets already have a franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, but Flacco will compete for the backup job, per Schefter, and perhaps help mentor the 22-year-old QB. Baltimore made the playoffs in each of Flacco's first five seasons, and he has a 10-5 career record as a playoff starter.

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He was waived by Denver in March with a failed physical designation, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp in the summer - if it goes on as scheduled with the coronavirus pandemic making uncertain any plans for the season.

Flacco's signing is an improvement over where the Jets were at this time last season, when they had Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk as the team's backups to Darnold. In addition to Darnold and Flacco, New York also has quarterbacks David Fales and Mike White.

Joe Flacco is most certainly not elite.

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