After Joe Flacco‘s latest beck MRI, the Broncos are confident that the quarterback will be able to play in 2020, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (via Twitter) hears. Of course, it remains to be seen whether he’ll be playing in Denver.
If the Broncos move forward with youngster Drew Lock as their starter, Flacco would be a logical veteran backup. However, his contract calls for $20.25MM in base salary next year, so he’d have to agree to a sizable pay cut in order to make that work. Barring a new deal, the Broncos can release Flacco to save $10MM+ against the cap with $13.6MM left in dead money.
Injuries have hampered Flacco throughout his career. He missed time in 2015 and 2018 and also played through back pain in 2017, but his latest neck injury was especially serious. In early November, the Broncos shut the signal caller down for the second half of the season.
Flacco, 35, completed 65.3% of his passes in 2019, higher than any previous season in his career. That doesn’t quite tell the whole story, though – he also threw just six touchdown passes against five interceptions.
If Flacco reaches free agency, he’ll be overshadowed by a crop of QBs that may include some mix of Tom Brady, Ryan Tannehill, Teddy Bridgewater, and other big names. Still, his latest scan indicates that he’ll be ready to go for teams eyeing a backup or a bridge solution for a rookie passer.
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