Ravens to trade Flacco to Broncos

In a new era with general manager Eric DeCosta taking over for Ozzie Newsome, the Baltimore Ravens wasted no time to trade their Super Bowl XLVII MVP quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos on a Wednesday morning. Denver will send a mid-round pick in the deal, NFL Network reported.

In nine starts with the Ravens past year, Flacco had 2,465 passing yards and 12 touchdowns to six interceptions. 2019 will be his 11th season in the NFL.

After finishing last season with a record of 6-10, the Broncos are hoping this move brings them back into the promise land. Denver's current set of personnel would represent one of the more talented units Flacco has played with (especially given the Broncos' resurgent running game and very talented backfield), though depending on the health of Denver's offensive line, he may see a bit of a decline in protection. But alas, the Broncos have made a trade which can't be official until March 13th, when the new league year begins for the NFL. John Elway who runs the Broncos knows this more than anybody as he was a legendary quarterback himself. And the Niners, who own the No. 2 overall pick, could easily be eyeing a possible trade down in what is turning out to be a thin class at the position. In 2020, the cap number climbs to $28.250 million, though it would be just $8 million in cap hit if he were to be released.

Flacco, 34, is a former Super Bowl MVP, but he's largely underwhelmed since Baltimore's championship season in 2012.

Flacco has $79 million remaining on his contract over the next three seasons. In his career he's thrown for more 38,245 passing yards and 212 touchdowns.

Flacco was not in the team's future plans with Lamar Jackson coming on last season, and this move solidifies it. The Broncos can try to trade Keenum, but with a $21 million total cap number and $7 million in guarantees for the upcoming season, that might make it hard to find trade partners.