One year, $3.5 million for Joe Flacco

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Few franchise quarterbacks who earned among the most of any players in the sport willingly accept backup status and the pay that goes along with it. Joe Flacco, who twice held the title of highest paid player in league history, has no qualms about continuing his career without being a starter, or being paid like one.

Flacco’s new contract with the Eagles is a one-year deal. Per a source with knowledge of the terms, it pays out $3.5 million guaranteed. He can earn up to $4 million more in incentives.

The guarantee exceeds the full amount of the guarantee paid to quarterback Jalen Hurts on his four-year rookie deal. Hurts also has a $883,000 in 2021.

This doesn’t mean Hurts won’t be the starter. His contract is driven by where he was drafted, and Flacco’s contract is driven by the market for veteran backups.

Still, the Eagles’ decision to sign Flacco shows that they have significant faith in him. The organization considers the backup quarterback spot a top-15 position on the roster, and they learned in 2017 the value of having a competent No. 2.

As a practical matter, the move also takes the Eagles out of play for a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the draft. Or, perhaps, it makes it look like they’re out of play for a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

20 responses to “One year, $3.5 million for Joe Flacco

  1. “ The organization considers the backup quarterback spot a top-15 position on the roster”
    Actually it’s the second most important position

  2. About market price for a veteran back up, but still a bad deal for the Eagles and for Hurts. It’s too much (maybe anything is too much) to pay someone like Flacco to back up someone like Hurts, given the extreme differences between the two in playing styles and football skills. Mentoring in the QB room only goes so far; Flacco has to be able to run Hurts’ offense on a moment’s notice. He won’t be able to do that, so the offense will have to change a lot to suit Flacco. Giving Flacco playing incentives that double his earnings doesn’t exactly encourage him to be all in Hurts’ corner either, and it also anticipates that Flacco may/will probably (have to) play some. So for this team with this starting QB, this deal is a bad one. Another “notch” in Howie’s tattered belt.

  3. Why does Flacco get 3.5 million but freaking Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick get 10 – 12 million? Flacco may not be that good anymore but the other two never were that good to begin with. Just saying…

  4. Gotta say I have a new found respect for Average Joe. The fact that he’s willing to play for such a low salary after making $20+ million per year for a long time is admirable

  5. The Eagles traded up to No. 2 to draft Carson Wentz after they signed both Sam Bradford to a 2-year, $36 million deal and Chase Daniel to a 3-year, $21 million deal right before the draft.

    Signing Flacco won’t stop Howie from considering a QB at No. 6. Heck, I won’t be surprised if he trades up.

  6. This makes no sense. He is nothing like hurts. Unless they are trading hurts and drafting Jones, i dont get it. Its like Howie is signing him because of name value.

  7. The difference in QB styles isn’t as critical an issue as getting a talented player. Chip Kelly had Michael Vick, who got hurt and was replaced by Nick Foles. Mike ran it all the time, Foles almost never. Both were effective. Plus, there aren’t many backup QB options who can also run like Jalen Hurts.

  8. listenupcupcake says:
    March 23, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    given the extreme differences between the two in playing styles and football skills. Mentoring in the QB room only goes so far; Flacco has to be able to run Hurts’ offense on a moment’s notice. He won’t be able to do that,

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    This is a weird & flawed premise that somehow these QB’s will be running 2 separate offenses. Where do you get that from? Who’s ever done that? That doesn’t make one bit of sense as that would be twice the work for the coaches & the rest of the offense.
    Also given the limited amount of games Hurts has played, how do you think you know what his “playing style” is.
    Do different QB’s on one team have to be clones of each other? How much alike were Drew Brees, Taysom Hilll, & Jameis Winston?

  9. So, as someone who watched every single game Joe Flacco played for the Ravens, I can tell you that he is and always has been more mobile than people give him credit for. Not Vick or Lamar mobile, but capable of scrambling to let things develop and still throwing some strikes. BUT- the problem is consistency. He’s either on or he’s not, and he doesn’t look like he cares either way. LOL Definitely a solid backup at this point, and probably among the best backups in the league.

  10. It’s a safe, unexciting move. Decent enough without being a threat to Hurts.

  11. I disagree with that fact that people think Flacco has to be able to run the same offense as Hurts to have value in mentoring him . . . Flacco was once an elite QB and can serve as another QB coach . . . teams don’t hire QB coaches and OC that are as athletic as the starting QB. If Flacco has to play then the Eagles season is over and they are in real trouble.

    What is amazing with this is that the JETS paid Flacco $1.5MM last year with incentives that could raise the value, but the Eagles are paying him $3.5MM. I know San Fran had a visit with him but I think the Eagles out bid themselves in signing essentially a veteran to serve as a player QB coach in the QB room.

  12. I imagine part of the signing was to appeal to fans who like a local boy. Still, that seems excessive for what you are going to get.

  13. Joe can teach Jalen how to present the same even keel/indifferent demeanor no matter the situation. Whether Joe is watching the birth of his child or watching a 20 car pile up on the interstate…we can’t tell the difference. But that’s why we love ya Joe! Good luck in philly!

  14. I guess anyone who questioned Joe’s heart would have to reconsider now. The dude has been handsomely paid already and still keeps coming back.

  15. I guess he decided $3.5 mil wasn’t “insulting” enough to retire. The dude has made $167 mil in his career. Yes, I looked that up. $167 mil. He must love football, because you’d think another $3.5 wouldn’t be that big of a deal.

  16. Flacco was never the guy to put in the extra work to get better and work with the receivers in the offseason on route running and build chemistry. Once he started having a family, his priorities have shifted. And I totally get it. I would turn down more money to be with my family. It makes you wonder if he took less just because he wants to stay local and not have to move across country. Flacco was awesome for the Ravens during the Superbowl year. After that, it was a clear decline. You gotta put in the work to stay awesome and I don’t think Joe did that. Good luck Joe!

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