For the first time in his 12-year NFL career, Joe Flacco is a free agent. The former Super Bowl MVP with the Baltimore Ravens was released by the Denver Broncos today, just over a year after being traded.
At 35 years of age, Flacco is no spring chicken. But prior to last year's season-ending injury, Flacco was looking decent on a struggling Broncos team. Through eight games, Flacco completed a career-high 65.3-percent of his passes for a modest 227.8 yards/game. Perhaps just as importantly, he kept his turnover rate low, as he has through his career.
Flacco may be past his prime, but he still offers a great deal more than the backups or even starters for many teams. However, he may want to take a pay cut if he wants to find himself on a roster in the coming year.
That said, here are five potential free agency landing spots for Joe Flacco:
New York Jets
Sam Darnold needs a quality backup. Jets GM Joe Douglas was a part of Ozzie Newsome's scouting staff when the Ravens drafted him in 2008. Considering their considerable cap space, the Jets certainly look like a strong fit. They could certainly do a lot worse at backup right now than Flacco - as they did last year.
Los Angeles Chargers
With Philip Rivers gone, the Chargers are expected to let Tyrod Taylor try and earn the starting job while a rookie sits behind him. But for the right price, Flacco offers a more experienced hand (and one who also has experience turning the reins over to a rookie).
New England Patriots
Speaking of teams that are in need of a new starter, how about a team that just lost a former Super Bowl MVP? Few quarterbacks through the years gave Bill Belichick as many postseason headaches as Joe Flacco. Combined with his experience winning in Foxborough, Flacco might fit like a glove.
It remains to be seen whether the Redskins and new head coach Ron Rivera are committed to Dwayne Haskins. But if their faith in Haskins wavers, Flacco would be there and ready to teach a young rookie - or whoever Washington has in mind to replace the former No. 15 overall pick.
Jim Caldwell is Miami's assistant head coach and QBs coach. He was also the Baltimore interim offensive coordinator in 2012 when Flacco went on his postseason tear. While the Dolphins are widely expected to draft a QB this year, Flacco would probably be a better backup than Ryan Fitzpatrick in most peoples' eyes.
Where do you think Joe Flacco will go when all is said and done?