Broncos to acquire quarterback Joe Flacco from Baltimore

Joe Flacco is headed to the Broncos in a trade that can become official March 13

Joe Flacco is headed to the Broncos in a trade that can become official March 13

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens have an agreement to trade Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos when the new league year begins next month. Schefter noted that, because of this, teams are now prohibited from commenting on the terms of the deal. Harbaugh said during his season-ending address that there would obviously be a focus on developing Lamar Jackson as a passer, though there would also be a concerted effort in finding coaches and players who fit the clock-sapping, ball-control offense that propelled Baltimore into the playoffs late last season.

Per Schefter, the deal will save the Ravens $10.5 million in cap space. However, they will carry $16 million in dead money on their 2019 cap.

In signing Flacco, the Broncos hope to find a catalyst to turn the team around from last year's 6-10 season. 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.

The decision to trade Flacco shows the team's commitment to quarterback Lamar Jackson who was the team's first round pick past year.

This trade is the first domino to fall this offseason, with other quarterbacks such as Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill, Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles expected to change teams.

The demand at the position is one reason Denver pounced on Flacco.

Waka Flacco Flame is on the move.

The Joe Flacco era in Baltimore has reportedly come to an end.

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

Keenum, who has consistently talked of his hope of being the Broncos' starter long-term, carries a salary-cap charge of $21 million if he's on the roster for the coming season and actually would have a bigger cap charge than Flacco's $18.5 million. Miami could be in line to draft a guy like Kyler Murray or Daniel Jones at 13th in the first round, but those rookies would likely need to hold a clipboard for a bit as they adjust to life in the NFL.

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