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Joe Flacco Played In Eight Games For The Broncos And Will Cost Them More Than $30 Million

Joe Flacco decided to sign with the Denver Broncos in the hopes of bringing more stability to the position of quarterback for the team. Instead, it is highly likely that he will part ways with the team after only a half season.



Joe Flacco, quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, is the current holder of several franchise records, including those for most passing yards, most touchdowns, and most wins. In 2013, Flacco and the Ravens won the Super Bowl. However, after he suffered an injury in 2018, Lamar Jackson took over, and he hasn’t looked back once. Flacco found himself suddenly without a role with the Baltimore Ravens, and as a result, the team decided to trade him to the Denver Broncos.

Flacco, on the other hand, did not enjoy a great deal of success in Denver. Even though he finished the year with a career-high completion percentage (65.3%), he only threw for a total of 1822 yards, scoring six touchdowns but also turning the ball over five times. His season was cut short due to a neck injury after eight games. In the second half of the season, Drew Lock took over as the team’s starting quarterback.

It is likely that Flacco’s time in Denver will come to an end in the same manner as his time in Baltimore did: on the bench while a more inexperienced quarterback is given the opportunity to shine. It would appear that the Broncos are setting their sights on Lock as their quarterback of the future. And they are going to pay a steep price for it.

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Back in September, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell posted an interesting tweet in which he mentioned that his colleague Jeff Legwold reported that the Ravens restructured Joe Flacco’s contract prior to the start of the season:


As was just pointed out by @Jeff Legwold, the Broncos reworked Joe Flacco’s contract in order to free up $13.6 million in cap space for this year.

If the Broncos had cut Flacco after just one season in the past, they would not have been responsible for paying any dead money. They would be responsible for paying $13.6 million now.

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 7, 2019

This past season, the Broncos were able to reduce their salary cap obligations by converting $17 million of Joe Flacco’s base salary into a bonus. However, at this point, it seems unlikely that he will be profitable.


Before the reorganization, it would not have cost the Broncos anything to release Flacco during this offseason. At this time? $13.6 million This means that the Broncos will have to pay $30.6 million for Flacco to play in just half of the season, which comes out to nearly $4 million per game.

It is currently impossible to predict what will happen with Flacco. He recently turned 35, which means that he is already in the latter stages of his professional life. If the Broncos decide to release him, he might try out for another team, but if he does, it will most likely be in a reserve capacity.

It’s possible that Drew Lock will turn out to be a fantastic quarterback, and the Broncos will emerge unscathed from this situation. In either case, the sum of $30.6 million is a lot to swallow for only the first half of a disappointing season.