Broncos to trade for quarterback Joe Flacco

The trade can't officially go through until the league's new year opens on March 13, and the two teams can't comment on the deal until that date.

Keenum is still under contract through 2019, and Flacco possibly solves any immediate need the Broncos have at the position.

So what did adding a former Super Bowl MVP do to those odds?

But the receiving corps is a big question mark, given the trade of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders's season-ending Achilles tear.

This is a team that has used four different starting quarterbacks over the last two seasons, has missed the playoffs for the last three seasons and still has no QB prospect whom it drafted on the roster.

Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after a touchdown run by Javorius Allen in the third quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Broncos quarterback Case Keenum has $7 million fully guaranteed on his 2019 salary if he is traded or released. He has started all 16 games in nine of his 11 seasons as a professional.

Before the Denver Broncos agreed to trade for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, the team did "kick tires on" Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, according to KUSA-TV's Mike Klis. But the Broncos just took one starting job off the market.

CBS Sports Jason La Canfora also confirmed the trade Wednesday.

Flacco, 34, has spent his entire career in Baltimore and finishes his tenure as the franchise's most successful quarterback after setting multiple records and winning the team's second Super Bowl.

The Broncos own the 10th overall selection in this year's draft, and could now have an impact on the Packers' first selection. He only has one career 4,000-yard passing season, but he's hit 3,500 in seven of 11 National Football League seasons.

The rise of Lamar Jackson in Baltimore made Flacco's fate seem certain: He would either be waived or dealt.

  • Steve Townsend