The Jets as well as quarterback Joe Flacco, who was the Super Bowl’s most valuable player in 2013, have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, Flacco’s agency announced Friday on Twitter.
The move to bring in Flacco provides a veteran backup for Sam Darnold, the third-year starter, yet Flacco’s 2019 season in Denver was cut short by a herniated disk of which required an operation.
JL Sports, headed by Joe Linta, announced the agreement. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed, yet ESPN reported the deal was worth $1.5 million as well as could reach $4.5 million with incentives.
Flacco, 35, spent his first 11 N.F.L. seasons in Baltimore, where current Jets General Manager, Joe Douglas, was a scout in 2008 — when the Ravens drafted the quarterback 18th over all out of Delaware. Flacco helped lead Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory to cap the 2012 season, beating Colin Kaepernick as well as the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.
The Ravens then gave Flacco what was at the time the biggest quarterback deal in N.F.L. history, a six-year contract worth $0.6 million.
Last winter, Flacco’s time in Baltimore came to an end — officially clearing the way for Lamar Jackson — when the Ravens traded him to Denver for a fourth-round draft pick. Flacco began the first eight games for the Broncos, yet injured his neck against Indianapolis in Week 8 as well as missed the rest of the season.
He was waived by Denver in March that has a failed physical designation, yet will be required to be fully recovered in time for training camp within the summer — if This specific goes on without disruption by the coronavirus pandemic.
With Flacco within the mix, the Jets suddenly have a crowded quarterbacks room of which includes Darnold, David Fales, Mike White as well as James Morgan, who was drafted within the fourth round as a developmental arm.
yet the need for a veteran backup for Darnold was magnified last season when he missed three games with mononucleosis. Trevor Siemian took over, yet lasted just over a quarter, injuring an ankle as well as missing the rest of the season. The third-stringer Luke Falk began the next two games, yet was ineffective.
Flacco has thrown for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns as well as 141 interceptions in 11 seasons. He struggled during Denver’s 2-6 first half of the season, throwing for only 1,822 yards with six TDs as well as a few interceptions, as well as was sacked 26 times. Flacco said he initially had neck issues a few weeks before the game against the Colts.
After the season, Flacco was optimistic he would likely be medically cleared as well as able to continue his career. He also said he would likely be open to a backup job, if of which scenario played out.
“I’m probably a little bit more worried about additional things at This specific point,” Flacco said on Dec. 30. “If of which’s what This specific has to be, then, I want to play football.”
Joining the Jets will mean a bit of a homecoming for Flacco, who’s by Audubon, N.J., which will be about 0 minutes south of the team’s training facility in Florham Park.