He was stoic, tough and resilient. Flacco had $8 million in bonuses each for 2019 and 2020, which the Ravens will have to eat upon trading him. For the Ravens, who had previously stumbled in their quest to find a franchise quarterback to pair with their star-studded defense, that was plenty good enough. The trade can not be made official until the National Football League year begins on March 13, he says.
By trading Flacco, Baltimore will have $16 million on their dead cap for 2019.
Flacco led the Ravens to the Super Bowl in 2013 and was the Super Bowl XLVII MVP. Additionally, Schefter notes that both teams are prohibited from commenting on the trade or terms surrounding it.
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.
Regardless, it became clear after the season that Jackson is the team's quarterback moving forward which made Flacco an expendable piece. Former Broncos executive Gary Kubiak also was a noted Flacco fan, and his opinions were a strong starting point to selling Denver on the deal.