Baltimore Ravens are officially Lamar Jackson’s team moving forward. According to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, Ravens have agreed to trade quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, clearing the way for Jackson to retain his place as the starting quarterback.
Since no deal can be processed on March 13th, when the new NFL season officially kicks off, neither teams can’t make a confirmation or comment on the terms of the deal. According to sources, however, Broncos will send a mid-round pick to Broncos in exchange for Flacco.
For the Ravens, this trade means that they are fully committed to Lamar Jackson as their franchise’s quarterback. Jackson, who was 32nd pick in 2018 NFL Draft, stepped in for Joe Flacco in Week 9 and turned around the team’s season leading Baltimore to an unexpected playoff appearance. After this, the Ravens decided to move on from Flacco, who was struggling with production in recent years.
Denver Broncos, on the other hand, are admitting that their experiment with Case Keenum has failed. Broncos signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million contract in 2018 after his productive season with Minnesota Vikings. Still, the 30-year-old was unable to replicate the same level of play in Denver and ended up tied for second-most interceptions in the league.
Joe Flacco spent his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens, who selected him 18th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was named the team’s starting quarterback in his rookie season when he led them to AFC Championship Game. During his 10 years with the franchise, Flacco added five more playoff trips while leading the Ravens to a Super Bowl win in 2012.