This afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that veteran quarterback Joe Flacco signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.
Jets are signing former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a one-year deal, sources tell ESPN. Jets GM Joe Douglas was a Ravens’ scout in 2008, when Baltimore drafted Flacco in round one. Now Flacco will rejoin Douglas, and compete for the backup job when he’s healthy and ready.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 22, 2020
Last season, the former Delaware product was in Denver after signing a three-year deal following eleven seasons in Baltimore. Flacco started in eight games in 2019, throwing for 1,822 yards and six touchdowns before being placed on season-ending IR on November 1.
What does this mean for the Jets?
Stability at Backup
Last season, the Jets were stung by ineffectiveness at the backup quarterback position after starter Sam Darnold was struck down with mononucleosis. The Jets had to rely on Trevor Siemian, Luke Falk, and David Fales en route to an 0-4 start. The team scored 16 points on offense in the time that Darnold was absent. On top of all that, a backup hasn’t won a start since 2016. Flacco is 35, but he’s a twelve-year NFL veteran. He won’t be cleared for contact until August following neck surgery, but he brings a needed veteran presence to this quarterback group. Before the signing, the Jets had Fales, Mike White, and rookie James Morgan in their quarterback depth chart.
Reunited For a Good Price
Flacco reunites with general manager Joe Douglas, who was a scout with the Baltimore Ravens when Flacco was drafted in 2008. It seemed to be a pretty okay choice because a few seasons later, the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. For Douglas, having that familiarity with Flacco was a big reason for the signing. Douglas signed Flacco to a one-year deal worth $1.5M, but the contract is loaded with incentives that could go up to $4.5M. This is a substantial drop from the three-year, $66.5M contract the Broncos gave him during free agency in 2019.
Although Flacco hasn’t been regarded as an elite quarterback during his tenure in the NFL, he is a winner. In six of his eleven seasons in Baltimore, Flacco led the Ravens to the playoffs. His greatest achievement came in 2012 when he threw 11 touchdowns in the postseason en route to the Super Bowl. Flacco also won Super Bowl MVP award. He also led the Ravens to five double-digit win seasons. Critics say that he did this on the back of one of the best defenses in the NFL, but Flacco has six seasons where he threw over 20 touchdowns. He’s 98-73 as a starter in the NFL, so if Darnold happens to go down again, Flacco has the experience and pedigree to lead teams to wins. (I forgot to mention his lifetime passing completion percentage is 61.9%.)
Though the Jets’ concerns this offseason was depth, many fans forgot that a backup quarterback was one of those positions. With Joe Flacco being added as the newest member of the Jets, this need is filled.
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