Baltimore Ravens to trade Joe Flacco to Denver Broncos

Posted February 14, 2019

Two games earlier, in the divisional round, Flacco's Ravens beat the Broncos in double-overtime, after the quarterback completed a 70-yard touchdown bomb over Broncos safety Rahim Moore's head to tie the game with under a minute remaining in regulation. The trade won't officially be processed until the start of the new league year on March 13, but I think it's safe to assume that Flacco is a Bronco - I don't see this turning into a Lakers-Chris Paul trade situation... curse you, David Stern.

With other starting-caliber quarterbacks like Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill, Tyrod Taylor, and Blake Bortles expected to change teams, Flacco is the first big name to find a new home. But aside from that one magical season, Flacco hasn't been much more than an average quarterback who lost his job to a rookie this past season.

A first-round draft pick in 2008 (No. 18 overall), Flacco carries a $26.5 million salary cap hit on his current contract. Now, the former Super Bowl MVP is in Denver, which will thrust Case Keenum onto the market for the third time in as many years. Albert Breer reported the Broncos will send their own fourth-round pick to the Ravens, holding onto the fourth-round receiver from the Houston Texans in the Demaryius Thomas deal in October. And in the coming weeks and months, the Broncos could try to trade Keenum, release him or, yes, keep him.

Flacco's finest moments came at the end of the 2012 season as he threw 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the postseason to guide the Ravens to a Super Bowl XLVII title. If he is cut, the Broncos will carry $10 million in dead money. The Broncos went 6-10 in the 2018 season and missed the playoffs. And Flacco has had back and hip troubles in recent seasons, so keeping Keenum is not off the table just yet.

In nine games past year, Flacco threw for 2,464 yards, completing 232 of 379 attempts for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Joe Flacco is headed to Denver.

Keenum, 30, signed a two-year, $36 million deal before the 2018 season.