The move to bring Flacco gives third-year beginner Sam Darnold a veteran, but one who is also coming out of a herniated disc that interrupted his only season in Denver and required surgery to repair.
JL Sports, led by agent Joe Linta, announced the deal on Friday. The financial terms were not released immediately, but ESPN reported the deal worth $ 1.5 million and can reach $ 4.5 million with incentives.
35 years old Flacco spent his first 11 NFL seasons in Baltimore, where he currently Jets General Manager Joe Douglas was a scout in 2008 – when the Ravens summoned Delaware's 18th quarterback general. Flacco helped lead Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory to end the 2012 season, defeating Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
Flacco was rewarded by the Ravens for becoming the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history at the time with a $ 120.6 million six-year contract.
Last winter, Flacco's time in Baltimore came to an end – officially clearing the way for Lamar Jackson – when the Ravens left him for Denver for a fourth round draft. Flacco started his first eight games for the Broncos, but injured his neck against Indianapolis in week 8 and lost the rest of the season.
He was dismissed by Denver in March with a failed physical designation, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for the training camp in the summer – if it continues as scheduled with the coronavirus pandemic, making plans for the season uncertain.
With Flacco in the mix, the Jets suddenly, there is a room full of defenders that includes Darnold, David Fales, Mike White and James Morgan, who was drafted in the fourth round as an FIU development arm.
But the need for a veteran back-up for Darnold was heightened last season, when the quarterback lost three games to mononucleosis. Trevor Siemian took over, but it lasted just over a quarter, hurting his ankle and losing the rest of the season. Third striker Luke Falk started the next two games, but was ineffective.
Flacco played for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 11 seasons. He fought during the first half of the Denver season 2-6, playing just 1,822 yards with six TDs and five interceptions and was fired 26 times. Flacco said he initially had neck problems a few weeks before the game against Colts.
After the season, Flacco was optimistic that he would be released medically and would be able to continue his career. He also said that he would be open to a backup job if that scenario ended.
"I'm probably a little more concerned with other things right now," said Flacco on December 30. "If this is what it has to be, then I want to play football … whether here or anywhere, if that's what it will take for me to go back and start playing again, then yes, I'm going that way.”
Joining the Jets marks a return to Flacco, who is from Audubon, New Jersey, about 90 minutes south of the team's training facilities in Florham Park.
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