Jets Get Joe Flacco as a Backup for Sam Darnold

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The Jets and quarterback Joe Flacco, who was the Tremendous Bowl’s most useful participant in 2013, have agreed to phrases on a one-year deal, Flacco’s company introduced Friday on Twitter.

The transfer to usher in Flacco offers a veteran backup for Sam Darnold, the third-year starter, however Flacco’s 2019 season in Denver was reduce brief by a herniated disk that required an operation.

JL Sports activities, headed by Joe Linta, introduced the settlement. Monetary phrases weren’t instantly disclosed, however ESPN reported the deal was value $1.5 million and will attain $4.5 million with incentives.

Flacco, 35, spent his first 11 N.F.L. seasons in Baltimore, the place present Jets Common Supervisor, Joe Douglas, was a scout in 2008 — when the Ravens drafted the quarterback 18th over all out of Delaware. Flacco helped lead Baltimore to a Tremendous Bowl victory to cap the 2012 season, beating Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.

The Ravens then gave Flacco what was on the time the most important quarterback deal in N.F.L. historical past, a six-year contract value $120.6 million.

Final winter, Flacco’s time in Baltimore got here to an finish — formally clearing the way in which for Lamar Jackson — when the Ravens traded him to Denver for a fourth-round draft decide. Flacco began the primary eight video games for the Broncos, however injured his neck in opposition to Indianapolis in Week eight and missed the remainder of the season.

He was waived by Denver in March with a failed bodily designation, however is anticipated to be totally recovered in time for coaching camp in the summertime — if it goes on with out disruption from the coronavirus pandemic.

With Flacco within the combine, the Jets out of the blue have a crowded quarterbacks room that features Darnold, David Fales, Mike White and James Morgan, who was drafted within the fourth spherical as a developmental arm.

However the want for a veteran backup for Darnold was magnified final season when he missed three video games with mononucleosis. Trevor Siemian took over, however lasted simply over 1 / 4, injuring an ankle and lacking the remainder of the season. The third-stringer Luke Falk began the following two video games, however was ineffective.

Flacco has thrown for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 11 seasons. He struggled throughout Denver’s 2-6 first half of the season, throwing for only one,822 yards with six TDs and 5 interceptions, and was sacked 26 occasions. Flacco mentioned he initially had neck points just a few weeks earlier than the sport in opposition to the Colts.

After the season, Flacco was optimistic he could be medically cleared and capable of proceed his profession. He additionally mentioned he could be open to a backup job, if that state of affairs performed out.

“I’m most likely slightly bit extra apprehensive about different issues at this level,” Flacco mentioned on Dec. 30. “If that’s what it needs to be, then, I wish to play soccer.”

Becoming a member of the Jets will imply a little bit of a homecoming for Flacco, who’s from Audubon, N.J., which is about 90 minutes south of the group’s coaching facility in Florham Park.

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