Baltimore Ravens agree to trade Joe Flacco to Denver Broncos

Denver's trade for Flacco takes the Broncos off the board as a potential landing spot for Bridgewater, should the Saints fail to reach a deal on a contract extension with him.

Flacco was cleared later in the year, but the Ravens chose to start rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Elway is still in win-now mode (.kind of). Between Lynch, Brock Osweiler, and 2015 seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian, the Broncos had nothing to show at the most important position, and they were quickly wasting the efforts of a dominant defense.

On the list of options available to the Broncos in the 2019 offseason, Flacco was just about at the very bottom in my estimation. With another three years left on his deal, Flacco could be the answer to Denver's quarterback quandry.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Broncos will send back a mid-round pick for Flacco. He has one year remaining on a two-year, $36m contract, with $6.5m of his $18m due for 2019 guaranteed if he is released. And Gary Kubiak, former Broncos executive and head coach, coached Flacco in Baltimore and was one of his bigger fans.

The demand at the position is one reason Denver pounced on Flacco. Denver now owns two fourth-round selections. He only has one career 4,000-yard passing season, but he's hit 3,500 in seven of 11 National Football League seasons.

This adds a wrinkle to the backup quarterback scramble.

But the Broncos face major questions along the offensive line with C Matt Paradis and RT Jared Veldheer free agents, LG Ronald Leary a potential cap casualty and LT Garett Bolles still an undisciplined, unfinished product entering Year 3. However, this draft especially, with a wide array of talents and an even more wide open view on their pro readiness, could benefit them in the later rounds. Trade compensation could be part of the equation as well.

That leaves Washington, strapped for cap space with franchise quarterback Alex Smith on the mend, and Jacksonville.

In the short term, this probably alters the market a little bit for the Super Bowl LII MVP. Here are five teams that should be interested in Keenum, starting with the Miami Dolphins.

Here is a list of every quarterback to join the Broncos since Manning was signed.

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