Former Super Bowl MVP Flacco to Broncos

Former Super Bowl MVP Flacco to Broncos

Ever since Peyton Manning retired from football after wining the Super Bowl in 2016, the Denver Broncos have been abysmal. Does he represent enough of a marked improvement from Case Keenum to constitute an upgrade, or is this another example of a competitive general manager allowing his inner-player to get the best of him?

The Broncos have an agreement in principle to trade for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, ESPN reported Wednesday.

There will be plenty of debate over Flacco's legacy in Baltimore, but he did lead the team to a Super Bowl title in 2012 with one of the best four-game stretches of quarterbacking that we've seen in the playoffs.

Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The trade is rumored to be Flacco in exchange for a "mid-round pick" - details of which will be revealed in the near future.

Last April, the Ravens drafted Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson with their first-round pick.

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I believe it's an easy argument to say Baltimore should have waited a little longer - especially considering the deal can't even go through until March 13 when the league year officially starts. Additionally, the Ravens will receive $10.5 million in cap relief, while the Broncos will absorb Flacco's $18.5 million cap charge next season but could wipe the contract off the books thereafter.

Now six seasons removed from that Super Bowl victory, Flacco has proven to a capable but uninspiring option under center.

Essentially, the Broncos have Flacco under control for three years at (mercifully) significantly less than current market value for starting quarterbacks.

The Broncos must pay Keenum $7 million of his $18 million base salary whether he's on the roster or not.

Flacco has a 10-5 career postseason record.

Flacco clearly isn't a long-term solution for the Broncos, but will Flacco be able to succeed in the short-term where so many others have failed?

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