If quarterback needy teams didn’t want to make a trade or a big financial commitment to Nick Foles, their fall back option WAS Joe Flacco.
That’s no longer an option.
Breaking: Baltimore has agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Broncos, league sources told ESPN.
Trade cannot be processed until new NFL league year begins Wednesday, March 13. Teams prohibited from commenting on deal or terms surrounding it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 13, 2019
Denver was always a wildcard when it came to what they would do at QB for 2019. Would they stay with Keenum and draft a guy? Or look to acquire Nick Foles or Joe Flacco. They made their move, and in the process crossed Flacco off the list for other teams.
This trade is a good thing for the Eagles and the possibility for a Nick Foles trade.
There should officially be a market for Foles, with at least Jacksonville AND Washington involved.
Top available QBs…
- Foles (by a mile)
- Ryan Tannehill
- Case Keenum???
- Teddy Bridgewater
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Tyrod Taylor
- everyone else
Jacksonville would be crazy not to make a play for Foles before the start of free agency, especially now that Flacco is no longer a fall back option. It’s either make a trade for Foles, or take the risk that he signs with a better organization as a free agent and be stuck with Teddy Bridgewater and/or a rookie.
The Eagles have from February 19th-March 5th to tag Foles. If they have a deal in place and the Foles camp is on board, they will tag and trade him. But if they don’t, they would be forced to let him hit the open market and settle for a compensation pick in 2020.
In my opinion, this Flacco trade increases the chances of a tag and trade. Any leverage that these teams may have had with another Super Bowl MVP QB being available is now gone.