Flacco, the MVP of the 2013 Super Bowl, became expendable in Baltimore with the emergence of rookie Lamar Jackson. With the Broncos picking up Flacco, former Broncos running back and Hall of Famer Terrell Davis is speaking out in favor of the move. Between Lynch, Brock Osweiler, and 2015 seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian, the Broncos had nothing to show at the most important position, and they were quickly wasting the efforts of a dominant defense.
The trade can not officially be processed until the new league year begins March 13.
The move opens the door for the Broncos to possibly trade or release Case Keenum, whose performance last season as starting quarterback was viewed generally as a disappointment.
Now six seasons removed from that Super Bowl victory, Flacco has proven to a capable but uninspiring option under center.
Keenum, who has consistently talked of his hope of being the Broncos' starter long-term, carries a salary-cap charge of $21 million if he's on the roster for the coming season and actually would have a bigger cap charge than Flacco's $18.5 million. He is to be paid $18.5 million next season, $20.25 million in 2020 and $24.25 million in 2021. The Broncos would save $11 million if they cut him before June 1. That Elway clearly doesn't envision any potential plug-and-play candidates in the lot at No. 10 isn't stunning, but given his track record of acquiring QBs, it can be interpreted a few different ways.
The Broncos also have the No. 10 pick of the draft, with picks in the upper third of the second and third rounds as well. Elway has selected a quarterback in five of the last seven NFL Drafts, and those five players have made a combined 39 starts and delivered 19 wins.