Will he be cut, or could he be traded?
The knee-jerk reaction will be that no one will want to inherit a contract that Flacco hasn’t fully earned. But the remaining terms of the deal — non-guaranteed salaries of $18.5 million in 2019, $20.25 million in 2020, and $24.25 million in 2021 — compare well to the current veteran market, which tops out at $33.5 million per year.
It’s basically a two-year, $38.75 million deal. That’s Keenum/Bortles territory for a guy who won a Super Bowl MVP award and who looked good in the early part of the season. With far fewer options in free agency than a year ago (Bortles, Tyrod Taylor, and Ryan Fitzpatrick headline the class), someone may choose to throw a conditional pick in Baltimore’s direction for a chance to get something out of a guy who has nothing left with the team that drafted him nearly 11 years ago.