Ravens trade Joe Flacco to Broncos, according to reports

Posted February 14, 2019

Like the Alex Smith trade during Super Bowl week a year ago, there are some maneuvers that are so critical to a team's planning that they often get done before the start of the new league year.

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?

For the second time in his tenure as the Broncos' top football executive, Elway has decided it makes sense to try to solve a quarterback dilemma by securing a former Super Bowl MVP with some health questions. However, with Flacco's lack of upside and the draft looming, this could only be the first move in the Broncos' plan to develop another quarterback of the future.

Baltimore went 4-5 with Flacco as the starter last season.

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This past season, it became painfully obvious that the team could have won more games if it had better play at the most important position.

The Washington Redskins likely won't have quarterback Alex Smith for the 2019 season due suffering a broken leg against the Houston Texans late in the 2018 season. He has started all 16 games in nine of his 11 seasons as a professional. And Flacco has had back and hip troubles in recent seasons, so keeping Keenum is not off the table just yet. The free agent market opens the same day. With their acquisition of Joe Flacco, it appears unlikely the Broncos will be chasing a quarterback in the draft.

CBS Sports Jason La Canfora also confirmed the trade Wednesday.

If Flacco winds up as the Broncos starter in the fall, he would be the fifth starting quarterback for Denver since Peyton Manning retired.

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Kevin Hogan After Chad Kelly's release, the Broncos added Kelly to serve as Keenum's backup. The Ravens have reportedly agreed to trade the veteran quarterback to the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos will complete a trade next month for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, a source confirmed this morning.

The rise of Lamar Jackson in Baltimore made Flacco's fate seem certain: He would either be waived or dealt.

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