News broke on Wednesday that the Denver Broncos had agreed to acquire veteran QB Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens.
While the NFL’s year doesn’t begin until mid-March and trades cannot be announced until then, the above deal has been confirmed by multiple outlets. It’s goes on general manager John Elway‘s long list of quarterback acquisitions, going back to Peyton Manning. There’s Brock Osweiler (twice), Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum, Chad Kelly, whoever is the current backup and the guy we traded to Minnesota before Siemian.
There are also reports that Elway met with Keenum and discussed options for the team and the player going forward. An inglorious end to a stain of a season for Keenum, maybe he finds a better fit elsewhere in the league.
The move has been met with ridicule around the NFL and dismay in Denver. While some outlets have taken a wait-and-see attitude, the masses are not pleased with the underwhelming acquisition
Questions will dog this team and it’s management as long as these decisions continue to pile up. Yes, there’s issues all over the field. Offensive line is always a concern, tight end is a mess, less so if Jake Butt can return to health but still an area of need. Cornerback has no depth, inside linebacker is subpar, the defensive line, minus Shelby Harris is aging and in need of upgrade. That leaves outside linebacker, wide receiver and running back as areas of strength.
Joe Flacco isn’t a big splash but he is now ours, so let’s look at some ways he may help or hurt the Denver Broncos: