The Jets have brought even more competition for the backup quarterback job heading into 2020. According to ESPN’s, Adam Schefter, the team has signed former Broncos and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.
Per Schefter, incentives could add another $3 million in value to his contract.
This move means the Jets now have five quarterbacks on their current roster heading into training camp. New York signed last year’s backup, David Fales before drafting James Morgan in the fourth round of the draft out of Florida International. In addition, Mike White, a former Cowboys draftee, who is now on the Jets practice squad, will also battle for a backup job.
Joe Flacco certainly enters as the favorite to back up Sam Darnold due to his experience and the resume of winning Super Bowl XLVII. However, last season certainly wasn’t kind to his career legacy. Flacco only won two of his first eight starts before suffering a season-ending injury. Despite failing to make the Broncos a contender, he actually had his highest passer rating (85.1) in five seasons. Flacco was cut earlier in the offseason with two years remaining on his contract. He is certainly a trustworthy replacement if Darnold has to be sidelined yet again.
The Ravens traded Flacco to the Broncos in 2019 for a fourth-round pick. Denver expected him to be the big-name answer, general manager, John Elway, has been looking for at the quarterback position. Instead, that seems to be second-year playmaker Drew Lock.
Sam Darnold missed three games for the Jets in 2019 due to his infamous mononucleosis illness. In Week Two, another former Bronco, Trevor Siemian got the start. He would leave at halftime during the MNF clash against the Browns for Luke Falk. Falk then proceeded to start against the Eagles in Week Three.
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