Broncos send their first fourth-rounder to Ravens for Joe Flacco

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The Ravens unloaded quarterback Joe Flacco for a fourth-round pick Wednesday.

But at least it was the good fourth-round pick.

According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the pick the Broncos are sending in exchange for Flacco is the first of the two fourth-rounders the Broncos had.

Their own pick is the 11th in the fourth round, and they also acquired Houston’s (the 23rd in the fourth round) in exchange for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas last season. The Ravens will be getting the first one.

If the earlier projections of compensatory picks are correct (which included seven teams getting third-rounders), that would slot the pick at the 114th overall spot. Flacco was the 18th overall pick in 2005, and helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl in the process.

33 responses to “Broncos send their first fourth-rounder to Ravens for Joe Flacco

  1. A 4th round pick for a 34 year old who lost his job to a rookie who can’t pass?

    Is Elway alright? Has he been tested for CTE lately? Maybe this is a sign.

    Not even joking.

  2. He could’ve just waited for Flacco to be released. The Ravens already said that’s what they were going to do.

    Outbidding yourselves. Denver is the new Browns.

  3. So the Broncos gave up a pick for the right to over pay Joe Flacco $18,500,000?
    Flacco isn’t that good, has hip problems, and will make $20,250,000 in 2020.

    Is Elway trying to buy time and keep his job 1 more year?
    What he needs to do is draft a QB. Go to the owner and get their buy in.

  4. Smart trade by Denver. Great for Flacco, good for Denver, and OK for Ravens since he wasn’t going to play there anyway.

  5. Just because they picked up flacco doesn’t mean they won’t draft a QB and sit him for a couple years to learn from a decent QB

  6. I have no strong opinion as this seems like a fair trade but it’s not a gamechanger. Flacco is an upgrade to their existing roster but his age might give him 2-3 mundane seasons. I won’t judge Elway until the season starts and I can see his whole roster.

  7. Fair trade for both teams. Ravens get pick this year, rather than releasing him and getting comp pick next year. Broncos get a veteran QB for next year. They can still draft a QB, but now they don’t have to do it this year. Too many teams leverage their future trading up for QBs. It also sounds like Broncos are reworking Flacco’s contract. If Munchak can help improve the OLine, Flacco will be an upgrade over Keenum.

  8. QBs are too risky unless there’s a sure-fire winner in the draft. Especially when you whiffed on two first round QB picks (and 5 of your 10 last 1st rounders are not on the team). Very little room for further error. I hope they do not use the 10th pick on a QB and instead build the team elsewhere (teams will trade ahead of Denver for the best QBs). Flacco is a good (very) short term fix in that scenario. For every Wentz, there’s a Bortles. Heck, Florio already has the Rams thinking of dumping Goff.

  9. I’m not a Broncos fan. From a neutral point of view, this is a reasonable trade for the Broncos. There is no indication that Broncos are planning to keep Flacco for more than 2 seasons, and it is likely they only keep him for 1 season (2019). Due to Flacco’s age, injury history, and declining quality of play, Flacco obviously isn’t Elway’s planned QB for the Broncos beyond 2019 and maybe 2020. It seems obvious the Broncos are going to draft a QB in the 1st round in 2019 or in the 1st round in 2020, and make that guy their QB of the future. Flacco is just the placeholder until they start the QB they draft in 2019 or 2020.

  10. Flacco has outplayed Brady every time they have faced each other in the playoffs. Even in losses. Flacco is very average in the regular season but come playoffs time he turns in the second coming of Joe Montana. If the Broncos sneak into the playoffs with Flacco, watch out.

    #JanuaryJoe

  11. And Keenum is the elephant in the room. What the heck do they with him and his contract? Bronco fans are hopeful there is a method to the madness…

  12. richa52 says:
    February 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    Fair trade for both teams. Ravens get pick this year, rather than releasing him and getting comp pick next year.
    ————
    You don’t get comp picks from releasing players, only when their contract expires.

    Joe is an OK QB who got lucky in the playoffs against us a few times because Roger and whinebaugh are golf buddies

  13. bagbolt says:
    February 13, 2019 at 4:43 pm
    I think Elway wants to ensure he is the greatest QB to ever play for the Broncos…
    just sayin

    40 17 Rate This

    If that were true, he never would have acquired PEYTON MANNING!!!

  14. It seems they never ever had a fourth round pick before…and now they give it away. Broncos GMing is real tough.

  15. Flacco has made his career based on one playoff run. Outside of the SB run he’s been an average QB, nothing more.

  16. Flacco still has one of the better arms in the NFL and still throws a great deep ball. Surround him with some decent receivers (which the Ravens rarely did) and I think Broncos fans will be surprised at how far he can take this team

  17. “Joe is an OK QB who got lucky in the playoffs against us a few times because Roger and whinebaugh are golf buddies”

    You don’t get lucky “a few times” against the Patriots. Joe is laid back for 11 months of the year. But he “hits the switch” in January.

  18. Pola pe’a says:
    February 14, 2019 at 6:07 am
    Flacco has made his career based on one playoff run. Outside of the SB run he’s been an average QB, nothing more.
    Not true. Flacco is 10-5 in the playoffs, which puts him behind only Brady. Not too bad for a QB who ISN’T elite 🙂

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