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NFL news: Eagles trade Joe Flacco to Jets

Joe Flacco, Jets, Zach Wilson

Veteran NFL quarterback Joe Flacco is heading back to the New York Jets in the wake of Zach Wilson’s injury.

According to Mike Garofolo of NFL Network, the Philadelphia Eagles are trading Flacco to the Jets. Ian Rapoport of ESPN corroborated the story and noted that New York is sending a 2022 sixth round pick that can be a fifth-rounder depending on playing time.

Joe Flacco played for the Jets in the 2020 season, serving as backup to Sam Darnold. He played in five games and started in four, during which he recorded 864 yards and six touchdowns, albeit on just 55.2 percent completion rate–the lowest of his career. He was unable to suit up for the Eagles after signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract over the past offseason.

The Jets needed a quarterback after Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury during their Week 7 game against the New England Patriots. MRI revealed he sustained a PCL sprain, which is expected to sideline him for two to four weeks depending on his treatment and recovery.

The trade for Flacco makes sense since the Jets could really use someone familiar with the organization. Not to mention that it gives the veteran NFL quarterback a chance to play after his lack of opportunities with the Eagles behind Jalen Hurts.

It remains to be seen if Flacco will immediately start for New York when they play the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8. Backup Mike White saw action against the Patriots when Wilson went down with an injury, and he did pretty well for a QB making his first regular season pass after two seasons in the NFL.