New York Jets sign former Super Bowl MVP QB Joe Flacco
The New York Jets have found their new backup quarterback. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets have signed former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a one-year deal. Flacco will reunite with Jets GM Joe Douglas, who was a scout with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2008 season.
Jets are signing former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a one-year deal, sources tell ESPN. Jets GM Joe Douglas was a Ravens’ scout in 2008, when Baltimore drafted Flacco in round one. Now Flacco will rejoin Douglas, and compete for the backup job when he’s healthy and ready.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 22, 2020
The Jets had been in the market for a backup QB to the 23-year-old Sam Darnold. Prior to the Flacco signing, David Fales was the immediate backup on the depth chart. Fales has thrown just 48 passes during his NFL career.
It had actually been reported just a few weeks prior that the Jets were indeed in the market for a veteran backup QB. In fact, they showed interest in Andy Dalton before he latched on with the Dallas Cowboys.
Flacco is coming off of a one-season campaign with the Denver Broncos. The 35-year-old started eight games before a neck injury abruptly ended his season. The veteran quarterback threw for six touchdowns against five interceptions for a 65.3 percent completion rate. He underwent neck surgery just last month.
While it’s clear that Flacco has lost a few steps since winning the Super Bowl during the 2012 season, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more experienced backups in the league than Flacco. Entering the 2020 season, the 12-year veteran has 171 starts to his name. In addition, he’s led the Ravens to six different postseason appearances, with 15 total starts.