Jets signing Joe Flacco to a one-year deal

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The Jets have agreed to terms with free agent Joe Flacco on a one-year contract, the quarterback’s agency, JL Sports, announced on social media.

The deal is worth $1.5 million, with a maximum value of $4.5 million with incentives, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Jets have sought a veteran quarterback in recent weeks and had interest in Andy Dalton before he signed with the Cowboys.

Flacco joins a quarterbacks room with starter Sam Darnold and backups David Fales, Mike White and rookie James Morgan. Fales has no career starts and has played only five games with 48 attempts, and White has never appeared in a regular-season game.

The Jets went 0-6 the past two years when Darnold missed starts, with Josh McCown going 0-3 in 2018, Trevor Siemian 0-1 last season and Luke Falk 0-2 last season.

Flacco, who spent last season in Denver after 11 years in Baltimore, had neck surgery in early April. He is not expected to be cleared until somewhere around late August.

Flacco, 35, has a 98-73 record in his 12 seasons, throwing for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions.

57 responses to “Jets signing Joe Flacco to a one-year deal

  1. He’s washed up but probably still gives them the best chance to win if healthy.

  2. Joe Douglas again with a gem signing

    Only $1.5m for veteran backup? Love it.

    Mike Macaggnan would of given Flacco $10-12M LOL.

    What a difference a great GM makes

  3. I think he is pretty much done but he probably does have value showing the other QB’s how to practice and how to prepare etc. He did win a Super-Bowl and was considered to be very good for a long time but that was quite a while ago. I think mentor is the right role for him now and while $1.5 mil is not much for a Super-Bowl winning QB, it is still a lot of money to most of us.

  4. Excellent signing. Flacco can definitely help Darnold with some of the thises and thats of the position and, more importantly, be a quality backup.

  5. Ah, the Jets. No franchise in the NFL has dealt QBs more bad luck than the Jets, where QB careers go to die. At least Flacco had a solid career prior to this.

  6. Jerry could have signed him and got better production than Dak for 30 million less

  7. Flacco hasn’t done anything worthwhile since 2013. Why didn’t the Jets sign Cam Newton?

  8. I have to applaud the Jets for this move. As a Broncos fan, I saw Joe Flacco last season and he’s no longer an NFL starting Quarterback. That being said, he’s a perfect veteran backup for a young QB like Darnold, especially for a base salary of $1.5m (and up to $4.5m). Flacco was successful in the NFL for a number of years and can educate Darnold on the game. IMO, if Darnold needs to miss 2-3 games, Flacco is not a bad option.

  9. As a Ravens fan that followed his entire career he will be a veteran backup but don’t expect him to teach Darnold how to prepare for a game.

  10. Darnold will flame out of the league within the next two years. He is not a franchise quarterback.

  11. The Jets went 0-6 the past two years when Darnold missed starts, with Josh McCown going 0-3 in 2018, Trevor Siemian 0-1 last season and Luke Falk 0-2 last season.

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    This signing of Jump Ball Joe ensures that if Darnold goes down again the losing streak is not in any danger

  12. v2787 says:
    May 22, 2020 at 4:59 pm
    Flacco hasn’t done anything worthwhile since 2013. Why didn’t the Jets sign Cam Newton?

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    Because dude still thinks he’s a MVP-caliber QB. He basically only now gets on the highlight/blooper reel due to his attire. Oh I forgot to mention, deep down, he truly believes he deserves $30M per year.

  13. v2787 says:
    May 22, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Flacco hasn’t done anything worthwhile since 2013. Why didn’t the Jets sign Cam Newton?
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    Joe Flacco wasn’t signed to take Danold’s job. He was signed to mentor him. Flacco knows his career is about over, so he took a 1yr mentor/backup QB contract. Cam Newton wants big contract and a chance to start. The rumors out of Carolina were Newton is moody and isn’t a very good leader (which is why his phone hasn’t rang much this offseason).

  14. He lost the fire, you could see it in his eyes last year. This is just a paycheck.

  15. The Jets need a quality young starter not an inferior old veteran. How very J E T S of them.

  16. This is a smart signing for the Jets at only $1.5MM for a season of mentoring Darnold. Flacco knows he isn’t competing for the starting QB and Darnold doesn’t strike me as having the make up to deal with someone who could present true competition or a QB controversy.

    I find it amazing that the Broncos paid him around $22MM last season and are taking a $13.3MM dead cap hit this season for trading for Flacco. How the hell Elway keeps that GM position is completely beyond me.

  17. Well he may or may not play well if the Jets have to put him out there, but at least he won’t be seeing any ghosts.

  18. Did they bother to watch any tape from last year? Guy makes Brady look like an Olympic sprinter…

  19. This makes total sense …he wants to be near family in Audubon New Jersey. Go Joe.

  20. Flacco showed very little for the Broncos last year and it appears his ship has sailed. But I agree with the above posters that for the price he will be an effective mentor/backup qb. Lookout though if injuries make him the starting qb long term.

  21. wingyjets says:
    May 22, 2020 at 4:15 pm
    Joe Douglas again with a gem signing

    Only $1.5m for veteran backup? Love it.

    Mike Macaggnan would of given Flacco $10-12M LOL.

    What a difference a great GM makes

    111 33 Rate This

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    yes, quite a gem. book your tickets to Tamper

  22. You B. Crazy says:
    May 22, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    I have to applaud the Jets for this move. As a Broncos fan, I saw Joe Flacco last season and he’s no longer an NFL starting Quarterback. That being said, he’s a perfect veteran backup for a young QB like Darnold, especially for a base salary of $1.5m (and up to $4.5m). Flacco was successful in the NFL for a number of years and can educate Darnold on the game. IMO, if Darnold needs to miss 2-3 games, Flacco is not a bad option.

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    Well put. Too many teams are trying to rush the next great QB out the door, and without giving them a solid veteran guy to learn how it’s done. Rodgers had Favre (and all the drama that came with it) Steve Young had Montana, and Mahomes is a more recent example of sitting behind a guy like Alex Smith for a year to learn how it’s done.

  23. rodgerstonelson says:
    May 22, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    He lost the fire, you could see it in his eyes last year. This is just a paycheck.

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    As a guy who watched Flacoo’s every game with the Ravens, he never had a fire, but because of a great defense he was good enough to make big throws when needed.

  24. I wonder if he moved to the same division as Belichick just to try and mess with him.

    Not sure how that’s gonna work out right enough but still…

  25. Flacco’s issue last year was a rookie offensive coordinator who didnt know what to do with cannon arm. Yeah Drew Locke tore it up, but that’s after Flacco called out the play calling publicly (the week he got hurt). Im sure Elway stepped in at that point and helped the playcaller out. I don’t think Flacco is as done as people think.

  26. Not a bad signing by the Jets. He can help Darnold’s learning curve and he can play if needed. As back up QB’s go, I’d say Flacco is pretty good.

  27. He can’t be any worse than Darnold. Starting to become obvious that the Pats still are the Favorite to win the east. Going to be a lot of Fun watching Gase crash and burn with this team.

  28. The Jets are rolling the dice with Flacco. I’m a Ravens fan so I love me some Joe, but he hasn’t been the same physically since his 2015 ACL tear, followed by chronic back issues in 2017, and now rehabbing a neck injury from last year. Still, he can be a competent backup and, if he doesn’t let his pride get in the way, can be a useful mentor to Darnold. By my count this the 12th former Raven that Joe Douglas has signed. M&T Bank North!

  29. fwippel says:
    May 22, 2020 at 4:40 pm
    Ah, the Jets. No franchise in the NFL has dealt QBs more bad luck than the Jets, where QB careers go to die. At least Flacco had a solid career prior to this.
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    Browns: Hold my beer…

  30. Seems like a good move to me. As a Pat’s fan it appears that all the other AFC East teams have gotten better and I’m whistling past graveyards .

  31. He can probably come in for a game or 2 and play well. Like they say, he is probably “as good, once, as he ever was, but will never be as good as he once was”

  32. How you view this depends on how you view the backup role. If you want someone who is a candidate to push for regular starter and will lead you to contender status, probably not your guy. If you want someone who can add stability and play a game or two competently if necessary and with minimal acclimation needed, it makes sense.

  33. For the dum-dums in this thread saying this is just collecting a check for Flacco?

    He’s making 1.5 million. And has never lived extravagantly in the clubs etc. He’s earned probably 150 million over his NFL career.

    Its not about the money. Its about going on out his own terms.

    RE: the broncos last year, their o-line was dog doo. Straight trash. Good skill players, but can’t keep QB’s upright. Joe at this point in his career is not mobile like he was during that superbowl. He needs protection.

    It doesn’t matter with the Jets unless Darnold goes down.

    But to think Flacco is coming back to collect a check? BS. He has money. This is about trying to end his career on better note that last year.

    Keep in mind he didn’t choose Denver. Denver traded for him.

  34. Everyone talks about his Super Bowl win. Without Ray Lewis and that Defense he would still be without a Super Bowl. “He” didn’t win that game, their Defense did. Flacco is a mediocre QB who was lucky enough to play on a team of Defensive Hall of Famers. He sure hasn’t done much since that SB win as far as I can tell. But the Jets are the Jets, so not sure he or anyone else can do much to help improve that team. We’ll see….

  35. v2787 says:
    May 22, 2020 at 4:59 pm
    Flacco hasn’t done anything worthwhile since 2013. Why didn’t the Jets sign Cam Newton?
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    Newton? No way. The gu wold be a huge lockeroom problem and unquestionably undercut Darnold and his leadership. You don’t bring a Newton in unless you are giving up on Darnold. Not happening, nor should it at this point.

  36. Everyone talks about his Super Bowl win. Without Ray Lewis and that Defense he would still be without a Super Bowl. “He” didn’t win that game, their Defense did. Flacco is a mediocre QB who was lucky enough to play on a team of Defensive Hall of Famers. He sure hasn’t done much since that SB win as far as I can tell. But the Jets are the Jets, so not sure he or anyone else can do much to help improve that team. We’ll see….
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    The Ravens defense was ranked 15th or 16th that season. Joe Flacco had a top 3 all time postseason for a QB with 11 TDs and 0 INTs. Dont sell Flacco short, he has always played his best games in the postseason. The guy holds many NFL playoff records for a reason.

  37. That dude Q (The Jets fan) who calls 105.7 in Baltimore all the time, has got to be losing his mind. LOL

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