Which makes the Wednesday news that the Broncos traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Ravens for the services of Joe Flacco very interesting, because over the last four seasons, when he's been healthy, Flacco hasn't really outpaced Keenum in performance.
The former Heisman Trophy victor threw for 1,201 yards on 99 attempts for six touchdowns and three interceptions. 2019 will be his 11th season in the NFL.
Essentially, the Broncos have Flacco under control for three years at (mercifully) significantly less than current market value for starting quarterbacks.
New Broncos coach Vic Fangio spent one season in Baltimore while Flacco was with the team. The trade can not become official until March 13, so by league rules, the Broncos can not publicly talk about the move until then. Since Peyton Manning's magical run in Denver, the Broncos have been desperately looking for consistent production from their QB, and John Elway's moves to fill the position have been largely criticized by fans and analysts.
The 34-year-old was the MVP when he led the Ravens to victory in 2013's Super Bowl XLVII.
Flacco was not in the team's future plans with Lamar Jackson coming on last season, and this move solidifies it. Between Lynch, Brock Osweiler, and 2015 seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian, the Broncos had nothing to show at the most important position, and they were quickly wasting the efforts of a dominant defense.
Per Schefter, the deal will save the Ravens $10.5 million in cap space. He's a career 61.7 percent passer with a 1.56 touchdown to interception ratio.
No word on what this means for Case Keenum, but he will likely be cut or the backup.
The Broncos will get Flacco's base salary of $18.5 million in 2019, $20.25 million in 2020, and $24.25 million in 2021.
Flacco has a 10-5 career postseason record.