Unhappy with the way Case Keenum played in 2018, the Broncos are again shifting gears at the quarterback position, as the team has a deal in place with the Baltimore Ravens for former first-round pick and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.
While the deal is ‘in place’ according to Adam Schefter of ESPN cannot be completed until the new league year begins on March 13th.
As of now no comment can be made about the deal or the terms, but according to Schefter the deal will likely will be for a mid-round draft pick.
The Ravens are going to save considerable money on the deal, as they will be able to save $10.5 million in cap space. However, they will carry $16 million in dead money on their 2019 cap.
The 34-year-old is a short term answer for the Broncos, who have the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and likely will be looking at quarterback.
In his career, all with Baltimore, Flacco has thrown for 38,245 with 212 touchdowns and 136 interceptions, and a QB rating of 84.1
Last season with rookie Lamar Jackson waiting in the wings to take the QB job, Flacco was 4-5 as a starter, and threw for 2465 yards with 12 touchdowns and six picks.
Once he got hurt, it opened the door for Jackson and the team to change their offense in a big way, and they did so, running the ball more and they wound up winning the division going 10-6 before losing to the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Wild Card game in Baltimore.
Schefter in his report claims that the Broncos have been talking about Flacco and making a deal the week of the Super Bowl.
The trade does indeed mean the end for Keenum, who was pretty bad for the most part last season with the Broncos missing the postseason.
The team inked Keenum, who was with the Vikings before coming to Denver, to a two-year, $36 million dollar contract in last year’s free agency.
He is due $18 million in 2019, with just $7 million guaranteed. The Broncos will carry $10 million in dead money if they cut him.
Keenum tied for the second-most interceptions in the league this past season with 15, and his 6.6 yards per attempt was 29th.
Look for Flacco to start the season for the Broncos, and also for him to mentor whatever QB the team drafts in April.
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