Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Denver Broncos: The aftermath of the Joe Flacco trade

Denver Broncos: The aftermath of the Joe Flacco trade

On Wednesday they agreed to acquire 11-year veteran Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a fourth-round pick, sources confirmed to The Athletic.

Denver's trade for Flacco takes the Broncos off the board as a potential landing spot for Bridgewater, should the Saints fail to reach a deal on a contract extension with him. NFL rules prohibit teams from discussing trades until the start of the league year on March 13. Last season started well for Flacco, with three single-game grades of 83.0 or greater during Weeks 1 to 4.

Broncos quarterback Case Keenum has $7 million fully guaranteed on his 2019 salary if he is traded or released. Additionally, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Broncos are now entertaining trade offers for Keenum.

But the receiving corps is a big question mark, given the trade of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders's season-ending Achilles tear. He downed new Broncos coach Vic Fangio's 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII and, lest we forget, slayed Peyton Manning's Broncos and Tom Brady's Patriots in that same 2012 postseason, undoubtedly the best month of his National Football League career. Flacco was the Ravens opening day starter, but in Week 9 he suffered a hip injury and Jackson snagged the starting job.

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Keenum, who turns 31 on Sunday, completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,890 yards, with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Most fans and analysts expected that QB to come in the draft - but Joe Flacco is now a Bronco. The Broncos will carry $10 million in dead money if they cut him.

Most experts see Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray and Lock as probable first-round picks. A year ago, Elway signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal and said Keenum had a better year in 2017 than Kirk Cousins, whom the Broncos had also looked at in free agency.

Elway is always in what he calls win "from now on" mode, and Flacco's arrival will be just more proof of that.

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