The NY Jets reached a deal with former Ravens and Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, according to his agent Joe Linta. The deal is for one year with a base of $1.5 million with $3 million possible in incentives.
Flacco won’t be available right away when and if the Jets return to the field. He had neck surgery in early April and has gotten good progress reports in his rehab, Linta said. He is expected to get clearance for non-contact drills in August and then full clearance in the mid to late September. Linta said Flacco is already throwing.
He played 11 years for the Ravens before going to Denver last year. He started eight games for the Broncos, completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. The neck injury ended his season early. The Broncos released him in March.
The Jets needed a veteran backup for Sam Darnold. The team re-signed David Fales last month and drafted James Morgan in the fourth round out of Florida International. But neither of them have ever started an NFL game. Flacco has started 171 regular-season games and has a record of 98-73. He is a veteran of 15 playoff games, winning 10 of them.
The backup role to Darnold is an important one. Darnold has missed six games in his first two years and the Jets are 0-6 in those games. Last season, he was diagnosed with mononucleosis and missed three games. Trevor Siemian replaced him, but broke his ankle in his first game. Luke Falk then started the next two and was completely ineffective. The Jets were embarrassed by the Patriots and Eagles in those games.