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Breaking: Baltimore has agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Broncos, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2019
Trade cannot be processed until new NFL league year begins Wednesday, March 13. Teams prohibited from commenting on deal or terms surrounding it.
Case Keenum Stats
For one, it means the Broncos are moving on from QB Case Keenum, or at least that's the assumption. The former Houston Cougar threw for 3,890 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in Denver last year.
Phillip Lindsay Impact
The trade also means Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman will remain the focal points of the Broncos' offense. Lindsay dominated the Denver backfield last season with 1,037 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, while adding 35 catches for 241 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. If you thought Flacco's presence would mean fewer touches, think again. Lindsay and Freeman should still be the focal points of the offense.
Joe Flacco Stats
The reason is, Flacco has never thrown for 30 touchdowns in his career and only exceeded 500 pass attempts six times over his 11 NFL seasons. He was built for a run-first offense. Flacco's best season was 2014 when he threw for 3,986 yards and 27 touchdowns.
The Broncos still owe Keenum $6.5 million guaranteed. The Ravens have $16 million dead money in Flacco. Tannehill and Bortles are next up to get dumped but still hurt their team in 2019.— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) February 13, 2019
Joe Flacco Impact on Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton
Perhaps the biggest question is how this move will affect the production of wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton. Flacco can still throw the deep ball with the best of them, and that's likely where each of these guys thrives with their new quarterback.
Sanders has missed four games in each of the last two seasons and is coming off a torn Achilles, so he's facing an uphill return and there are even rumors of him being traded. Sutton made some decent strides in his rookie year, but he only caught 50 percent of the 82 targets thrown his way for 704 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
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All in all, Flacco probably won't make for anything more than a streaming starter in favorable matchups. His lack of touchdown passes and mobility are the glaring weaknesses, but when you add in the fact that he'll be playing with new teammates in a brand-new offense, this is a situation you want to avoid in standard 12-team formats.
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