Quarterback Joe Flacco signs with Jets for a one-year contract. Former Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Jets.
The former Super Bowl MVP was released by the Broncos. Release came in March. After one forgettable season. He will receive $1.5 million in base pay, plus the chance to make another $3 million with incentives.
Adding Flacco gives the Jets some much needed depth at the quarterback position. However, he underwent neck surgery in early April to repair a herniated disk. Also, won’t be cleared for contact until late August or early September.
The Jets had been trying to sign a veteran quarterback for several weeks. New York had been hoping to land former Cincinnati Bengals Andy Daltron. AD ended up signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
Even though the Jets also re-signed journeyman quarterback David Fales, Flacco is expected to be the primary backup to Sam Darnold if he is healthy.
Joe Flacco Signs With Jets One-Year Deal
New York’s backup quarterbacks have struggled since the team drafted Sam Darnold in 2018. That being said, Jets have gone 0-6 when he doesn’t start. In fact, the Jets have lost 11 straight games when their backup quarterback starts.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas was a scout for the Baltimore Ravens when they drafted Flacco in 2008. Also, pushed heavily for then Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome to draft him. A good choice.
Flacco was 2-6 as a starter for the Broncos last season before he was put on the injured reserve list because of the herniated disc. He threw for 1,822 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 65.3 percent of his passes.
At the end of the season, he said he would like to continue playing once he was medically cleared to do so. In 12 NFL seasons, Flacco has a 98-73 record as a starter with 40,067 passing yards, 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions.