Jets Get Joe Flacco as a Backup for Sam Darnold

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The Jets and quarterback Joe Flacco, who was the Super Bowl’s Most worthy participant in 2013, have agreed to phrases on a one-year deal, Flacco’s company introduced Friday on Twitter.

The move to herald Flacco offers a veteran backup for Sam Darnold, the third-year starter, however Flacco’s 2019 season in Denver was reduce quick by a herniated disk that required an operation.

JL Sports, headed by Joe Linta, introduced the settlement. Financial phrases weren’t instantly disclosed, however ESPN reported the deal was price $1.5 million and will reach $4.5 million with incentives.

Flacco, 35, spent his first 11 N.F.L. seasons in Baltimore, the place present Jets General Manager, Joe Douglas, was a scout in 2008 — when the Ravens drafted the quarterback 18th over all out of Delaware. Flacco helped lead Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory to cap the 2012 season, beating Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.

The Ravens then gave Flacco what was on the time the largest quarterback deal in N.F.L. historical past, a six-year contract price $120.6 million.

Last winter, Flacco’s time in Baltimore got here to an finish — formally clearing the way in which for Lamar Jackson — when the Ravens traded him to Denver for a fourth-round draft decide. Flacco began the primary eight video games for the Broncos, however injured his neck in opposition to Indianapolis in Week eight and missed the remainder of the season.

He was waived by Denver in March with a failed bodily designation, however is predicted to be totally recovered in time for coaching camp in the summertime — if it goes on with out disruption from the coronavirus pandemic.

With Flacco within the combine, the Jets all of a sudden have a crowded quarterbacks room that features Darnold, David Fales, Mike White and James Morgan, who was drafted within the fourth spherical as a developmental arm.

But the necessity for a veteran backup for Darnold was magnified final season when he missed three video games with mononucleosis. Trevor Siemian took over, however lasted simply over 1 / 4, injuring an ankle and lacking the remainder of the season. The third-stringer Luke Falk began the following two video games, however was ineffective.

Flacco has thrown for 40,067 yards with 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 11 seasons. He struggled throughout Denver’s 2-6 first half of the season, throwing for just one,822 yards with six TDs and 5 interceptions, and was sacked 26 occasions. Flacco mentioned he initially had neck points just a few weeks earlier than the sport in opposition to the Colts.

After the season, Flacco was optimistic he can be medically cleared and capable of proceed his profession. He additionally mentioned he can be open to a backup job, if that state of affairs performed out.

“I’m probably a little bit more worried about other things at this point,” Flacco mentioned on Dec. 30. “If that’s what it has to be, then, I want to play football.”

Joining the Jets will imply a little bit of a homecoming for Flacco, who’s from Audubon, N.J., which is about 90 minutes south of the workforce’s coaching facility in Florham Park.