Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.
For the Broncos the site has picked QB Joe Flacco as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Flacco getting cut.
Denver Broncos – QB Joe Flacco
Dead Cap Hit $13.6M, Cap Saving $10.05M
For the Denver Broncos to move on from Joe Flacco, it would require them to absorb a substantial dead cap charge. However, this is something that they may look to do anyway. They rank seventh in terms of effective cap space heading into 2020, with an estimated $61 Million at their disposal.
Flacco was not good for the Broncos before he suffered an injury that dragged him out of the lineup after eight games. He completed an acceptable 65.3% of his passes, a career-high, but this was due to his inability — or unwillingness — to send the ball downfield. He averaged 5.65 net yards per attempt, and a whopping (not) 3.7 completed air yards per pass attempt.
According to our metrics, Flacco was worse than his counting stats would suggest. Of the 34 quarterbacks with at least 200 dropbacks in 2019, Flacco’s -0.02 NEP per drop back was better than only three players. The dead money hit would be the same for the Broncos if they were able to trade Flacco. But it is hard to imagine any team, even a supposedly quarterback-needy one, beating the Broncos door down to acquire Flacco.
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