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A Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback Is Expected To Be A Free Agent Soon

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The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly done with quarterback Joe Flacco.

Ian Rapoport said the following during a Sunday appearance on the NFL Network:

Look at Flacco’s future, he’s 33 years old, he’s set to make $18.5 million next year. The Ravens are expected to move on from him this offseason. They’ll incur $16 million of dead money, but, of course, they’re not going to bring him back as a backup making $16 million. All of which is to say if Flacco decides he wants to continue playing, he’s actually going to be a fairly coveted free agent this offseason. Rarely do starting quarterbacks become available, and Joe Flacco absolutely is.

This move shouldn’t come as too shocking to anybody. Lamar Jackson was recently named the starting quarterback, and the Super Bowl-winning veteran was relegated to the bench. (RELATED: Here Are The Best Moments Of Week 14 Of The NFL Season)

 

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You really can’t blame the Ravens at all. Flacco is on the wrong side of 30, his play isn’t at a level that is going to force the team to keep him and Jackson’s play is very solid.

The writing was on the wall, and it was only a matter of time.

 

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The good news for Flacco is that he won’t be a free agent for long if the Ravens do cut him instead of trading him. The league isn’t exactly full of competent gunslingers, which means he’ll be wanted at a premium.

He had a hell of a run with the Ravens, but it’s clearly time to move on.

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