What’s next for Joe Flacco?


With Lamar Jackson putting his stamp on the starting job in Baltimore and Joe Flacco moving toward the door, the only thing left to figure out is the manner of his departure.

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.

21 responses to “What’s next for Joe Flacco?

  1. I think the new HC of TB John Harbaugh would love to carry over his QB to try and right the ship for a bit while the future QB sits and learns for a bit.

  2. tomtravis76 says:
    December 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    Washington desperately needs a QB


    Smith’s contract had $55m fully guaranteed in the first 2 years (and a bunch more guaranteed for injury in 2020). They have to pay him whether he plays or not. Even on the PUP, he still counts against the cap. There’s no way they can pay Smith and Flacco. It will have to be a rookie scale QB in Washington (assuming Smith can’t return).

  3. Lamar is average at best and the true colors will be shown eventually and that’s good news for the AFC North

  4. burgandy2260
    Dec 9, 2018, 3:59 PM EST
    I think the new HC of TB John Harbaugh would love to carry over his QB to try and right the ship for a bit while the future QB sits and learns for a bit.


    That would bring me back into the Buc fold.

  5. Lamar Jackson needs q lot more coaching and sitting to learn before he could be considered the guy at QB. It would be a huge mistake to dump Flacco to roll with a long term project at QB. Keep Flqcco and either keep coaching and training or Jackson or go after another QB and try again.

  6. Lamar can’t throw the ball lol. The end of that Baltimore game was hard to watch. Once teams become accustomed to His style as they always do, things will be tough sledding.

  7. Baltimore’s great defence, and four wins against soft teams, has everyone believing Jackson is the future. Well, he would be. If he was the QB for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. But these are the pros. And running the ball 50 times a game will get you to 6 or 7 wins a year.

  8. Plenty of teams could use him. (1) Jacksonville (guys on street better than what they have) (2) Washington (Hope Alex gets well) (3) Miami(Tannehill injury prone) (4) Denver (5) Giants (Unless they end up with David Carr) (6) Pittsburgh if Big Ben hangs em up.

    Relative to current FA market Teddy Bridgewater looking like he is going to make some really good $$ and have good choices.

  9. Flacco’s going to be around for 2019. 2020…..maybe not.

    However, Action Jackson is not the answer either.

    The Ravens future franchise QB has yet to be drafted. DeCosta take note !

  10. I desperately hope the premise of this article is 100% not what Harbaugh is thinking. Jackson can’t even play the position in a meaningful way. It’s not entirely dissimilar to the Tebow issue in Denver years ago. Flacco should be the starter when healthy.

  11. Until Jackson can throw the ball to all the receivers they brought in for Joe, he is not the answer. He’s played ok at best but three wins against meh teams isn’t enough. The Chief’s D isn’t that great so he should have had more passing yards. Yesterday was a reminder that the Raven’s shouldn’t jump to move on from Joe. BUT, I’m sure if the right offer came along they would take it for Joe since so many people are riding high on Jackson.

    Raven’s are in a good position to make the playoffs and possibly win the division. My guess, Joe comes back this week and they go with him. Joe has played well this year and I’d rather have Joe Cool at QB in the playoffs

  12. Joe PLAYED well over the first few games.. then defenses caught up and he reverted back to his old ways. Flacco supporters will blame his “hip injury” but we’ve seen this long enough

  13. Joe has been good for the Ravens during his tenure. The last few years have not showing a lack of consistency although he didn’t get the receiver help he should have. Joe has also showed some injury issues over the last few years that I’m sure the team is looking at. From a trade point I don’t believe it’s going to increase better than now and what transpires the remaining of the season. If the Ravens make the playoff Joe is not going to replace Lamar as the starter therefore he will be healthy for another team’s interest. The Ravens I think are going to roll the dice with Lamar. Of all the first round quarterbacks taken in this years draft he is the most inconsistent passer. He severely misses some very basic throws that are difficult at best to watch. He is still by all counts a rookie learning on the go during the most meaningful part of the season . They definitely need a QB coach to work with him the entire off season if he is going to be successful in the NFL The next (3) games will determine the fate of Joe and the direction of the Ravens.

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