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How Broncos' trade for Joe Flacco impacts Teddy Bridgewater

How Broncos' trade for Joe Flacco impacts Teddy Bridgewater

ESPN's Adam Schefter noted the Baltimore Ravens and Broncos have an agreement in principle to make the deal, which can't be processed until March 13 when the new NFL league year officially begins.

In exchange for Flacco, the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII, the Broncos are giving up a 2019 fourth-round pick, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. 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. And the Niners, who own the No. 2 overall pick, could easily be eyeing a possible trade down in what is turning out to be a thin class at the position.

That said, the notion of Denver being completely removed from the Round 1 quarterback conversation is somewhat silly.

Flacco, 34, doesn't have any more guaranteed money on his contract, but the contract does come with a cap hit of $18.5 million for 2019.

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Trade can not be processed until new NFL league year begins Wednesday, March 13.

While above-average quarterback play is essential, I don't think it's a stretch to say that Elway views Flacco as a quarterback who is smart and experienced enough to play damage-free football and complement a defense that is expected to set the pace. However, the Eagles' cap situation is a complicating factor, and franchising a quarterback is expensive. Now we know the team might be opting for the latter. But what's unclear is whether this trade significantly upgrades the quarterback position so the team can actually compete with the AFC's best.

Flacco, the MVP of the 2013 Super Bowl, became expendable in Baltimore with the emergence of rookie Lamar Jackson. Less than a year after signing the biggest contract of his life, the former Minnesota quarterback will likely be looking for a new team, once again, this offseason. Through that stretch of the postseason, Flacco was nothing short of deadly on his deep passes, as he completed 15 of 31 attempts for 522 yards and a passer rating of 134.1 - marks that he's failed to replicate since, postseason or otherwise.