Coach John Harbaugh intimated last week that the Ravens likely won't retain Flacco for 2019, instead expecting to proceed with Lamar Jackson as their starting quarterback Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. "Joe Flacco is going to play really well in this league. Joe can still play," Harbaugh said. "I think we saw that in the first half of the this season. Joe's going to have a market. A lot of teams are going to want Joe, because they understand that. I'll be in Joe's corner, wherever he's at, unless we play him." After Jackson replaced an injured Flacco as starter in Week 11 and retained the top gig once the veteran was healthy again en route to guiding the Ravens to six wins in their final seven regular-season contests, there was never much of an expectation that Flacco was long for the roster. Due $18.5 million in 2019, Flacco is too pricey to be rostered as a backup, a reality Harbaugh acknowledged in his comments following the Ravens' wild-card loss to the Chargers on Jan. 6. Given that Flacco has failed to crack 7.0 yards per attempt in any of the past four seasons and owns a mediocre 64:46 TD:INT over that span, it's fair to wonder if that salary may be too rich for another team to pay even if it envisions him serving as a starter. With that in mind, the Ravens could struggle to find a trade partner this offseason and may end up releasing him outright, which would enable Flacco to sign with a team at a salary more appropriate for his talent.
Flacco appeared in nine games in 2018, completing 61 percent of his passes for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions before suffering a hip injury and ultimately being replaced by rookie Lamar Jackson. The Ravens' selection of Jackson in the first round of the 2018 draft signaled the end of the Flacco era in Baltimore, but it wasn't clear when exactly the changing of the guard would happen. Flacco kept the job out of camp and started out strong by completing 64.3 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and two picks to lead the Ravens to a 3-1 record to begin the year. He backslid after that point, however, seeing his completion percentage drop to 58.7 and notching a 4:4 TD:INT ratio in his next four outings before suffering a hip injury. Jackson took over from there and led the Ravens to their first division crown since 2012 and it looks like the future is now in Baltimore. With that, and with Flacco's significant 2019 salary of $18.5 million, it seems that he will be in a different uniform come September.
Flacco (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers but will serve as the backup quarterback to Lamar Jackson. Flacco practiced in full all week, so the active status was expected. However, with Jackson having forged a 3-1 record as a starter, he'll remain in the top job against a vulnerable Tampa defense in Week 15. Flacco's active status knocks Robert Griffin III back to an inactive designation.
The Ravens list Flacco (right hip) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Flacco was listed as a full practice participant all week, so he'll presumably be available this weekend. In any case, assuming he's in uniform Sunday, he's be in line to back up Lamar Jackson, who has been confirmed as the Ravens' Week 15 starting QB.
Coach John Harbaugh said that Flacco (hip) would practice fully Wednesday and will face no restrictions as he returns to action in a backup role Sunday against the Buccaneers, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. With Flacco ready to go after missing the Ravens' previous four games with a strained right hip, Harbaugh was finally forced to make a tough decision between the veteran and Lamar Jackson as his starting quarterback. To little surprise, Jackson was named the Week 15 starter after sparking a dormant rushing attack over the past four weeks while leading the Ravens to wins in three of those contests. Jackson could still use some polish as a passer -- he's completed only 58.4 percent of his throws for 6.8 yards per attempt, four touchdowns and three interceptions this season -- but Flacco (61.2 percent, 6.5 YPA, 12:4 TD:INT in nine games) doesn't represent a major upgrade on that front. There's a possibility that Harbaugh could rotate Flacco in for a few snaps per game to keep opposing defenses guessing, but the 33-year-old likely won't see enough involvement to warrant a lineup spot even in most two-quarterback formats.
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