It’s not very often that a elite quarterback is openly on the trade market, but here we are. Following the recent success of rookie QB Lamar Jackson, Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Baltimore Ravens are looking to move on from Flacco and start the Jackson era a little sooner than expected.
It’s not very often that a starting-caliber QB is available, so a few teams will be eager to pounce on this opportunity. Here are a few early picks for teams to land Joe Flacco.
The Jags are in an absolute tailspin this season. Jalen Ramsey wanted to talk his shit in the offseason (and not exactly back it all the way up), starting QB Blake Bortles has been benched twice (the second time seems more permanent), and the Jags are sporting a 4-10 record only a year removed from having one of the top defenses in the NFL and making run to the AFC title game. All this turmoil could mean Bortles is out and the Jags bring in Joe Flacco, especially if you look at it from this perspective: Leonard Fournette’s prime has not been reached and can not be wasted. The Jags also have a nice core of receivers, so Flacco could fit right in and lead the Jaguars back to the top of the AFC South.
New York Giants
Alright, I know this one could be weird, but stick with me here. There have been rumors swirling around the Giants all season regarding the future with or without Eli Manning. He’s played well this season, but nobody seems very sure about his future with the team. His time in New York could be up, and this is where Flacco can come in. With insane talents like Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. surrounding him, along with a solid offensive line, Flacco could thrive in the Giants organization for a few years and possibly get them back to a Super Bowl.
Case Keenum. Do I really need to say anything else?
Seriously though, the Broncos have the 18th overall offense in total yards this season, so that doesn’t do any favors for their defense, which has terrific talents like Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. The offense is intriguing, with Phillip Lindsay having a great year, and Emmanuel Sanders was on pace for a great year before tearing his achilles at practice in early December. The Broncos haven’t had a great QB since Manning left, so Flacco could be the end of the revolving door of mediocrity for a while.
Maybe: Washington Redskins
Depending on the team’s confidence in the recovery of Alex Smith, that team in D.C. could be interested in someone like Flacco down the road if he goes somewhere and isn’t happy enough to sign a long-term extension. Also, anyone is probably better than Mark Sanchez. Washington seems to have a bad track record with QB injuries, but Joe Flacco could be the answer Washington has been looking for since drafting RG3.