Broncos Move on From QB Joe Flacco After One Season

Joe Flacco with Denver in 2019. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/Shutterstock (10457809v)

Denver Broncos are ending the Joe Flacco experiment after just one season. The team announced on Thursday that they are releasing Flacco “with a failed physical designation.”

According to reports, Denver won’t absorb a significant cap hit due to decision thanks to the fact that the two sides restructured Flacco’s deal back in 2019. The 35-year-old signal-caller was set to make $23.6 million in 2020 and $27.6 million in 2021.

Broncos brought in Joe Flacco last offseason with the intention to have him as a starter for at least a couple of years until rookie Drew Lock is ready to take over the reins. Flacco, however, had a disappointing start of the season before landing on the injured reserve list with neck issues. He ended the year with 1,822 passing yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions.

Lock eventually stepped in for Flacco and obviously showed enough for Broncos to trust him with leading the team in 2020. The former Missouri QB played a total of five games last season, throwing for 1020 yards and seven TDs. In those five games, Denver was 4-1.