Pat Shurmur doesn’t know what future holds for Joe Flacco

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When last we checked in on Joe Flacco, the veteran quarterback was waiting to find out if he needs to have offseason surgery on the herniated disc in his neck that brought his 2019 season to an end.

Flacco indicated that he wants to continue playing as long as he gets the green light medically and said that he’d be open to staying with the Broncos as a backup to Drew Lock, but offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said on Thursday that nothing’s been determined about the veteran’s future.

“I don’t know and I wouldn’t get into that in this setting. Again, I’m just getting to know the players, the ones that were here a year ago and I’m not sure who’s going to be here moving forward,” Shurmur said, via Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com. “I think he’s had an outstanding career. I thought he did a lot of good things last year. Unfortunately, he was injured and couldn’t finish the season.”

Flacco’s contract calls for him to make $20.25 million in salary with a cap hit of $23.65 million, which is a lot to spend on a backup. Cutting him would leave $13.6 million in dead money, so the team has some decisions to make when and if they know Flacco’s medical status for 2020.

25 responses to “Pat Shurmur doesn’t know what future holds for Joe Flacco

  1. For a bunch of billionaire owners there sure seem to be an exorbitant number of really bad contracts being issued in the NFL. Sure there are many underpaid players, but there seem to be just as many overpaid players as well. For as big a business as the NFL is and as much time is spent evaluating players both pre draft and 2nd contract there seems to be a real disconnect in evaluating players. GM’s, who presumably are responsible for that aspect, are the most overpaid entities in the sport. Guaranteeing Flacco and Gurley the kind of money they did is insane. Flacco because he ain’t that good and Gurley because of his injury history. There are countless other examples as well,yet the NFL keeps trotting out the same guys for front office jobs. Good thing having an NFL team is a license to print money

  2. I think Shurmur does know but has yet to break the news to Flacco … he’s being cut outright unless MAYBE they all agree that he plays for the bare bones minimum $$ , as a back-up . A no-brained any way you cut it .

  3. I think Shurmur most definitely does know but doesn’t want to say . Flacco is going to get cut outright unless MAYBE all parties agree that he’ll play for the bare bones minimum $$ , as a backup . Absolute no-brained here . 😉

  4. Joe Flacco was an elite QB who carried his team to the superbowl and had a historic playoff and superbowl run. He will be in the Ravens hall of fame and we are thankful for all the memories. I thought of Flacco a lot after watching Jimmy G look like a bum when it mattered most last week.

    Also, with solid surrounding cast like Pitta,Quan, Jacoby, Ray rice and others Joe could win. It was not the defense that owned that seasosn it was the offense. So unless your QB is Brady,Manning(s),rodgers, brees or pig ben, just say thank you and give Joe the credit he deserves.

    And now get used to #8 taking the ravens to the next level for years to come.

  5. “Flacco’s contract calls for him to make $20.25 million in salary ”

    Whos the genius who offered him this kind of money again?

  6. That contact extension he signed in Baltimore was so bad it busted the caps of two separate franchises – Wow. His agent probably wears a ski mask to negotiations.

  7. Nope nope nope…20 mill for a back up QB…I’m sure Joe would love to be Locks backup at 20 per..

  8. Flacco is done! He should just retire and enjoy life with his family. For a man that made so much cash, he certainly lives like he’s on a teacher’s salary. He is very frugal, so he probably has not touched his contract money yet. Probably living off endorsement payments.
    A man that goes to McDonald’s to celebrate a 120 million contract sure knows the value of $ 🙂
    Thanks Joe for the Superbowl, the Ravens would not have won it without Joe. He sure carried that team on his back and went on on a tear…

  9. Absolute best Flacco anecdote I’ve ever heard: ‘A friend of mine used to work for some entrepreneur clothier who provides high-end suits to Ravens players. Apparently Flacco said to him something along the lines of, “That’s great that you love what you do, hopefully one day I’ll find something I’m passionate about.”’

  10. tm05 says:
    February 7, 2020 at 1:19 pm
    “Flacco’s contract calls for him to make $20.25 million in salary ”

    Whos the genius who offered him this kind of money again?

    More like who’s the genius in Denver that picked him up???

  11. The future holds retirement for Flacco, everyone but Shurmur can see that. Drew Lock is the QB in Denver.

  12. Flacco isn’t deluded he isn’t going to retire . So the Broncos can pay him an absurd amount of money to be a back up or cut him and still pay him an absurd amount of money . Who in their right mind would voluntarily retire and pass on a huge check

  13. zwhateverz says:
    February 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm
    That contact extension he signed in Baltimore was so bad it busted the caps of two separate franchises – Wow. His agent probably wears a ski mask to negotiations.

    Really, it busted the caps of the Ravens, Broncos, Lions, Falcons, among others.

  14. It costs them nothing to cut him before June 1, they don’t “pay him anyway.”

    They restructured 17M his salary last year to free up 13.6M in cap space in 2019, turning it into guaranteed money he would make either way in 2019. The Broncos rolled over about 14.5M in cap space into 2020. Without the restructuring they would have rolled over 0.9M, if they cut him now, it would net the same result.

    Should they have traded for Flacco? That’s a different question.

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