Source: Jets sign­ing Flacco to 1-year deal to play backup QB

Baltimore Sun - - WEATHER -

Sam Darnold will be able to pick the brain of a for­mer Su­per Bowl MVP next sea­son.

The Jets are sign­ing for­mer Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco to a one-year deal to be Darnold’s backup, ac­cord­ing to a source. Flacco’s deal with Gang Green is worth $1.5 mil­lion but could jump to $4.5M based on in­cen­tives.

Flacco, a New Jer­sey na­tive who went on to star at Del­a­ware, spent 11 sea­sons with the Ravens be­fore leav­ing for the Broncos last sea­son.

Flacco was named the MVP of Su­per Bowl XLVII in Fe­bru­ary 2013 af­ter lead­ing the Ravens to a 34-31 win over the 49ers in New Or­leans. He went 22-for-33 in the Su­per Bowl for 287 yards and three touch­downs to out­duel San Fran­cisco’s Colin Kaeper­nick.

The 35-year-old quar­ter­back — who was a first-round pick (18th over­all) in the 2008 NFL draft — had a 96-67 record in Bal­ti­more. He led the Ravens to 10 or more wins five times and fin­ished his time in

Bal­ti­more with 38,245 pass­ing yards with 212 touch­downs.

He was just 2-6 as Den­ver’s start­ing QB last sea­son be­fore the Broncos put him on in­jured re­serve in Novem­ber with a her­ni­ated disk in his neck. He un­der­went surgery in early April. Flacco has been med­i­cally cleared to start throw­ing, the Daily News has learned and the Jets’ ex­pec­ta­tion is that he’ll be cleared for con­tact in early Septem­ber. He will be able to prac­tice with­out con­tact when­ever camps be­gins this sum­mer.

The Jets had been in the mar­ket for a vet­eran backup for Darnold, who is en­ter­ing his third year in the league. The Jets are 0-6 over the last two sea­sons when Darnold hasn’t been on the field. The third-over­all pick in the 2018 draft has missed three games in each of his first two cam­paigns.

Flacco reunites with Jets gen­eral man­ager Joe Dou­glas who pushed for Bal­ti­more to draft Flacco in the 2008 draft when Dou­glas was a scout for the Ravens.

Be­fore the ad­di­tion of Flacco, David Fales had been the No. 2 quar­ter­back on the Jets’ depth chart. Fales, a for­mer sixth-round pick of the Bears in 2014, has ap­peared in just five games dur­ing his five sea­sons in the NFL.

KEN­NETH K. LAM/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Joe Flacco walks off the field af­ter a game as a mem­ber of the Ravens in 2018. He spent last sea­son with the Broncos.

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