The Denver Broncos will have a new starting quarterback in 2019 after they agreed “in principle” to trade for Baltimore’s Joe Flacco.
The Broncos are expected to send a fourth-round pick for the former Super Bowl MVP when the move is officially announced at the start of the league season next month.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the move before other details of the move leaked out through various media members, despite a prohibition on teams talking about the deal or terms.
Breaking: Baltimore has agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Broncos, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2019
Trade cannot be processed until new NFL league year begins Wednesday, March 13. Teams prohibited from commenting on deal or terms surrounding it.
The news likely signals the end in the Mile High City for 2018 starter Case Keenum, who has one year remaining on a two-year deal, despite president of football operations/general manager John Elway describing Keenum as “the perfect fit” last March.
After a 6-10 season and the firing of head coach Vance Joseph, Elway revised his verdict on Keenum as “a short-term fix”.
With the Broncos holding the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, there was an expectation that Elway would go after a quarterback, despite the consensus of a weak quarterback class.
But the move for a veteran that turned 34 in January could see the Broncos’ plans change under new head coach Vic Fangio.
Flacco lost his starting job in Baltimore last season after a hip injury sidelined him and rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson carried the Ravens to the postseason.
Despite winning Super Bowl XLVII, there is a belief that Flacco is nothing more than a big-bodied average quarterback that has been on the decline, with his best season coming in 2014 under former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak.