Joe Flacco was able to land a new home with the New York Jets after a sluggish 2019 campaign with Denver.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday the Jets signed Flacco to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. He could also earn up to $3 million in incentives.
NFL insider Adam Caplan added that Flacco had neck surgery last month and could return by around August or September.
After a successful 11 season run with the Baltimore Ravens, Flacco signed with Denver last offseason. The season did not go well for Flacco finishing the year with a neck injury. This prompted the Broncos to release Flacco in March.
The Jets currently have five quarterbacks on the roster potentially fighting for two or three spots. Sam Darnold will most likely be the starting quarterback on the team. New York has to decide on Flacco, rookie James Morgan, David Fales, and Mike White.
Can Flacco Win the Backup Job?
It’s easy to assume Flacco was not brought in to compete with Darnold for the starting job. Darnold has the job pretty well in hand. Flacco will have to focus on taking the backup job from the other three quarterbacks.
What could hold him back from winning the job is his neck injury. He had the surgery in April and some insiders expect him back by around training camp. If he isn’t ready by then, what will happen? The team might have to go with the younger, healthier choices.
Morgan was the team’s fourth-round pick in April and could be grooming him for a backup role. He was considered to be a sleeper pick of the draft as his upside got the attention of scouts. White could be in for a tough battle coming from Dallas with little experience. Fales is the most veteran of the group outside of Flacco. He could be good competition, but if Flacco is healthy, Fales could be looking for a new job.
What Does He Offer?
His durability has been on the decline the past two seasons. Injuries have been the main reason that he could not finish each of the previous two seasons. Flacco most likely won’t be able to compete a full season as a starter, but can be a very productive backup quarterback.
With his experience as a starter and winning a Super Bowl, Flacco brings a winning attitude to the Jets. The franchise has been starving for wins and adding him can help with that even if he’s not on the field.
Darnold could use a tutor and a mentor to help improve his game. Flacco could be the guy to get him over the hump. It proved to be not a bad choice for Denver as Drew Lock played well at the end of the season. Maybe it could end up the same for Darnold.
This is most likely the last ride for Flacco so the Jets, and Flacco himself, need to take advantage of it.