NFL: Ravens Trade Flacco

Marquist Parker   Sports Editor

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to send former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos for a 4th round pick. The move cannot be made official until the NFL league year begins on March 13.

From Denver’s perspective, a move like this seemed inevitable because of their current quarterback situation. When Case Keenum came to Denver from Minnesota the move was met with cautious optimism. Keenum led the Vikings to the NFC championship game the year before, and put together a 22-touchdown, seven-interception breakout season. That optimism quickly turned to reality—Case Keenum is not a starting-caliber quarterback, and if this trade is any indication, the Broncos agree with that sentiment. Denver may be getting the superior player but not an elite one. Flacco’s best season was in 2016, when he passed for 4,317 yards and completed 64.9 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. That was his only season above 4,000 passing yards. His career high is 27 passing touchdowns. He’s never completed more than 65 percent of his passes. He’s only thrown less than 10 picks in his career once, and that was last season, when he only played nine games. His career high is 7.4 yards per attempt.

From the Ravens’ perspective, this move officially begins the Lamar Jackson era in Baltimore. Jackson took over for an injured Flacco in week 11 at a time when the team was on the verge of collapse at 4-5. Jackson led the ravens to the division title after finishing the season 6-1. The Ravens’ season was similar to the Denver Broncos’ 2011 year led by Tim Tebow. Both Jackson and Tebow have weaknesses with accuracy but make up for it by leading a ground attack that keeps games close and allows their defense to make plays. We will see how year two of the Jackson experience goes. As for Flacco, this trade continues his downward spiral from his legendary postseason run in 2013 where he defeated Tom Brady and Peyton Manning on his way to a Super Bowl title and the MVP.

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