The Washington Redskins have suddenly found themselves searching for a starting quarterback this offseason in the wake of Alex Smith’s devastating leg injury, and they reportedly tried to acquire one earlier in the week.
According to Darren McKee of 104.3 The Fan, the Denver Broncos were forced to move quickly to acquire Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens because there was another team expressing interest. That team was the Redskins.
Flacco has a salary cap hit of around $26 million next season, while Smith’s number is $20 million. That means the Redskins would have had to invest nearly $50 million between Flacco, Smith and a backup quarterback, which at the moment is Colt McCoy and his $4 million salary. Would they have actually been willing to do that?
Washington president Bruce Allen has said he feels the team is close to contention, so it’s not unrealistic to think they would have found a way to clear the financial hurdles. However, it’s also possible the Ravens used the Redskins for leverage against the Broncos.
If the latest reports we have heard about Smith are accurate, Washington still needs to find a solution at quarterback. A less expensive one than Flacco seems like the more likely outcome.
The Denver Broncos are still in search of a quarterback who can help lead them to another Super Bowl, and they are hoping Joe Flacco will be that guy in 2019.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos have agreed to a deal in principle to acquire Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens. The trade cannot be officially processed until the new league year begins on March 13.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Baltimore will receive a mid-round draft pick.
The Ravens are ready to turn their franchise over to 2018 first-round pick Lamar Jackson, and the Broncos obviously feel that Case Keenum cannot take them where they want to go. Denver would have to eat $10 million if they cut or trade Keenum this offseason, so it will be interesting to see if they decide to keep him as a backup for Flacco.
Flacco lost his job to Jackson in 2018 because of a hip injury and mediocre play, but he is still just 34 and has championship experience. He finished last season with 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has posted a passer rating of 84.2 or less in each of the past four seasons. John Elway and the Broncos are obviously hoping for much better under their new coaching staff.
The 2018 NFL regular season was filled with highs and lows from start to finish. New players established themselves as the future, older players have had their careers called into question, and the amount of change league-wide was unparalleled. It was exciting, frustrating and euphoric all in one. But for some players, it was also wildly disappointing. Who are the players who disappointed? Here’s a look at 10 players who under-performed in 2018.
10. Chris Boswell, K, Pittsburgh Steelers
A year ago, Chris Boswell was considered one of the best kickers in the league and was voted to his first ever Pro Bowl. In fact, he was so dominating in 2017 that he was named an honorary member of the Killer B’s alongside Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, and even received a four-year, $16.8 million extension from the Steelers. However, like each of the other Killer B’s, 2018 wasn’t nearly as kind to him. Boswell alone cost Pittsburgh at least two games with missed kicks, and it could be argued that he was the reason they ultimately missed the playoffs. Boswell finished the 2018 campaign having connected on just 65% of his field goal attempts (13-of-20), while missing five — yes, five — point after (PAT) attempts. It had gotten so bad late in the season that Pittsburgh considered signing a new kicker, cutting Bowsell loose and just eating the remainder of his contract.
The Baltimore Ravens looked completely flat throughout the majority of their playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, and fans turned on rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson in the second half.
With the Ravens trailing 20-3 and unable to get anything going on offense, fans at M&T Bank Stadium could be heard chanting for Joe Flacco to take over early in the fourth quarter.
The chants came after the Chargers scored a touchdown and then converted a two-point attempt to go up three possessions. When Ravens coach John Harbaugh decided to stick with Jackson on the next drive, the boos began to rain down.
The Ravens won six of their final seven regular season games and surged into the playoffs with the help of Jackson, but they were a total disaster on Sunday. Jackson completed 3-of-10 passes for 25 yards and an interception in three-plus quarters, so you can understand why fans were desperate for a change. As for why the Ravens stuck with Jackson, that may have something to do with their future plans for Flacco.
Joe Flacco lost his starting quarterback job to Lamar Jackson down the stretch, and it’s fair to say he doesn’t seem particularly enthusiastic about it.
Flacco said Friday that sitting on the bench to start the playoffs isn’t his idea of fun, but didn’t outright criticize the decision.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be any more different or not,” Flacco said of serving as a playoff backup, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “It’s definitely not the most fun position in the world. It is what it is.”
Flacco is a veteran and a Super Bowl winner, so you can’t blame him for feeling a bit alienated. That said, you also can’t blame the Ravens for doing what they have done. A back injury sidelined Flacco and allowed Jackson to make the job his own. He’s gone 6-1 as a starter and the offense has been much more dangerous with him under center.
Reports indicate that, in all likelihood, the Ravens will move on from Flacco after the season. It’s the obvious and clear solution for both parties, whose partnership has clearly run its course.
The Baltimore Ravens have decided to stick with rookie Lamar Jackson as their starting quarterback this week despite Joe Flacco returning from a hip injury, and that is apparently the team’s long-term plan as well.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Ravens are expected to move on from Flacco after the season. They would have to eat $16 million to release him, but it makes no sense to keep him on the roster if they’re only planning to have him serve as a backup. Rapoport adds that Flacco would be in high demand as a free agent, and there’s also a chance the Ravens could find a trade partner for the 33-year-old.
The decision of whether to trade or release Flacco could come down to where Flacco wants to play going forward.
Flacco is an experienced quarterback with a Super Bowl MVP on his resume, and he is young for today’s NFL. As long as his hip issue isn’t something that is expected to linger, there should be no shortage of interest in him from teams in need of stability at the quarterback position.
We have heard plenty of reports that parting ways with Flacco may not be the only major change the Ravens made this offseason, so the team could have a much different look when training camp begins in 2019.
Joe Flacco is expected to be active for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday for the first time in over a month, but that does not necessarily mean the veteran is going to play.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced on Wednesday that rookie Lamar Jackson will continue to be the team’s starting quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Harbaugh said earlier in the week that Flacco is “too good of a player” to not be involved in the game plan if he is cleared to play, so it’s possible the Ravens will have some packages for both quarterbacks. However, they remain in playoff contention and have won three of the four games Jackson has started, with the only loss coming in overtime on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Harbaugh will need to be careful not to disrupt the flow of a team that has played well.
Jackson did not post a passer rating higher than 74.5 in Baltimore’s three wins that he started, but his contributions in the running game have allowed the Ravens to control the clock and keep defenses on their toes. He has also dealt with some injuries of his own, though they turned out to be minor.
With Flacco now recovered from his hip injury, Jackson may be on a shorter leash. If the Ravens continue to play well, he could secure his job as the team’s starting QB of the future.
The good news for Joe Flacco is that he has progressed enough from a hip injury to practice in full on Friday. The bad news is he might not be a starter in his next game.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke with the media on Friday and said that Flacco participated in full at practice. Harbaugh said Flacco hasn’t been cleared yet but that could happen this week. He also said Flacco could serve as Lamar Jackson’s backup.
Jackson has started Baltimore’s last three games and gone 3-0. That all could change on Sunday with the Ravens traveling to Kansas City to face the 10-2 Chiefs.
Jackson has gone 46/77 for 540 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 404 yards and three touchdowns, which has been a big factor. Flacco has passed for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this season.
The Baltimore Ravens sound like they’ll have a quarterback decision to make this week.
Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that, while Joe Flacco is still limited for the moment, the expectation is that the quarterback will ramp up practice activity ahead of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
As of last Wednesday, Flacco, who is dealing with a hip issue, still wasn’t practicing. He hasn’t played since Nov. 4, but there appears to be growing optimism that he’ll be cleared to play this weekend. That will leave Harbaugh to decide between the veteran Flacco and rookie Lamar Jackson, who has won all three of his starts.
There is still no sign of Joe Flacco at Baltimore Ravens’ practice.
According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Flacco remains sidelined with a hip injury and still hasn’t practiced as of Wednesday. The Ravens have said they want Flacco to get a full week of practice before returning to action, which means it’s exceedingly likely that Lamar Jackson will get the nod against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Ravens have been prepared for this eventuality, and Jackson has apparently already been penciled in as the starter. It’s unclear what Flacco’s timetable is by this point, and perhaps next week is a possibility.