NEW YORK – The New York Jets and quarterback Joe Flacco have agreed to terms of a one-year deal, the 2013 Super Bowl MVP agency announced on Twitter.
The move to bring in Flacco gives third-year starter Sam Darnold an experienced veteran, as well as one coming from a hernia that has shortened its only season in Denver and needs surgery to fix.
JL Sports, led by agent Joe Linta, announced the deal on Friday. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed, but ESPN reported that the deal is worth $ 1.5 million and could reach $ 4.5 million with incentives.
Flacco, 35, spent his first 11 NFL seasons in Baltimore, where current Jets general manager Joe Douglas was a scout in 2008 – when the Ravens fielded the quarterback 18th overall from Delaware. Flacco helped lead Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory to end the 2012 season by 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 six-year contract worth $ 120.6 million.
Last winter, Flacco’s time in Baltimore – officially paving the way for Lamar Jackson – came to an end when the Ravens traded him to Denver for a fourth-round pick. Flacco started the first eight games for the Broncos, but injured his neck against Indianapolis in week 8 and missed the rest of the season.
He was waived by Denver in March with an unsuccessful physical clue, but is expected to fully recover in time for the summer training camp – if it continues with the coronavirus pandemic, making plans for the season uncertain.
With Flacco in the mix, the Jets suddenly have a crowded quarterbacks room with Darnold, David Fales, Mike White and James Morgan, who was drafted in the fourth round as a development arm from FIU.
But the need for a veteran backup for Darnold was heightened last season when the quarterback missed three games with mononucleosis. Trevor Siemian took over but lasted just over a quarter, injuring an ankle and missing the rest of the season. Third stringer Luke Falk started the next two games, but was not effective.
Flacco has thrown 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 11 seasons. He struggled during the 2-6 first half of the Denver season, threw only 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 the Colts.
After the season, Flacco was optimistic that he would be acquitted medically and continue his career. He also said he would be open to a backup job if that scenario occurred.
“I’m probably a bit more concerned about other things right now,” Flacco said on December 30. “If that’s what it should be, then I want to play football … whether it’s here or anywhere, if that’s what it takes to get back in and start playing again, then I’m going that route . “
AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed.
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