In Joe Flacco, Jets Get a Credible Backup for Sam Darnold

In Joe Flacco, Jets Get a Credible Backup for Sam Darnold

“He can do everything except hit somebody or go surfing,” Linta said in a telephone interview. The financial terms of the deal — $1.5 million, with about another $3 million in incentives, Linta said — are a pittance relative to Flacco’s potential value. They evoke the contract signed by Jameis Winston, who, unable to find a starting job, joined New Orleans for $1.1 million, in an effort to revive his career after leading the league in interceptions. Unlike Winston, who at 26 might be able to parlay this sojourn into abiding stability, Flacco, 35, is confronting the possibility that he won’t enter a season as a starter again. Lamar Jackson’s emergence in the second half of the Ravens’ 2018 season, after Flacco sustained a season-ending hip injury, made him expendable, and Baltimore traded him to Denver in March 2019.
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