The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, per a report by Adam Schefter. While he was out, the Ravens turned to rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, who led the team to a 6-1 stretch run that earned them the AFC North Division title and a home playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
In the LIVE breaking NFL video above, Chat Sports NFL analysts Tom Downey and Mitchell Renz (me!) break down the trade, give full details, and discuss what this means for the Broncos, the Ravens, and implications for the 2019 NFL Draft and free agency.
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Flacco has three years remaining on his existing deal, and will earn $18.5 million in base salary in 2019 unless he reworks his contract. The deal can't be processed "officially" until new NFL league year begins Wednesday, March 13. A year ago he threw for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, completing 61 percent of his passes, in nine games. Denver had Case Keenum under center in 2018.
If Flacco winds up as the Broncos starter in the fall, he would be the fifth starting quarterback for Denver since Peyton Manning retired. In his career he's thrown for more 38,245 passing yards and 212 touchdowns.