The New York Jets are signing former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco for a one-year deal, ESPN sources told Adam Shefter.
Joe Douglas was Jones’ chief scout in 2008 when Baltimore drew for Flacco in the first round. Now Flacco will rejoin Douglas and compete for the job of reserve defender when he is healthy and ready.
Jets coach Adam Gasse expected his team to land Flacco earlier in the week, sources said, but the free agent was still in talks with other interested teams and was unwilling to commit to New York and his one-year deal – which is worth up to $ 4.5 million by Friday.
The Denver Broncos released Flacco on a failed physical assignment on March 19. He underwent neck surgery in early April and is expected to be around Sept. 1
Flaco, who turned 35 in January, was placed in an injured reserve in the middle of the 2019 season with a herniated disc in his neck.
He was 2-6 as a starting defender for Denver in 2019, throwing for 1822 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 65.3% of his failures.
Flaco said during the season that he felt discomfort in his neck “for several weeks” before his last start, on October 27 in Indianapolis. He took several big goals in the Colts’ loss, including one of the biggest throughout the season’s final game. Five days later he went to an early reserve.
Flaco has received two medical reports on his neck since the end of the season, and did an MRI in February. Due to national travel restrictions due to the coronavirus epidemic, Flacco has not been examined by Broncos medical staff since its release on December 30, but it is believed that Flacco will be medically ready to play in the upcoming season.
At the end of the 2019 season, Flaco said he hopes to continue playing after being medically cleared.
In 12 NFL seasons, Flacco is 98-73 as a starter with 40,067 passing yards, 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions. During the 2012 postseason, Flacco threw 11 assists without interception in four games as the Ravens continued to win the Super Bowl XLVII.
Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.