Jackson has officially been supplanted Flacco as the starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, and now, the winningest quarterback in franchise history will almost surely be suiting up for another team in 2019.
In reality, the writing was on the wall for Flacco in Baltimore the moment the Ravens selected Jackson in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. His fate was sealed when Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, led the Ravens to a 6-1 record over the final seven weeks of the regular season.
To top it off, in early January Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh essentially confirmed the speculation that Flacco’s time in Baltimore has come to end saying, “Joe Flacco is going to play really well in this league. Joe can still play — I think we saw that the first half of the season. Joe’s going to have a market. There’s going to be a lot of teams that are going to want Joe because they understand that.”
The oddsmakers at BetDSI have taken note of these developments and released odds on where Flacco will play in 2019. Here’s a look at where they see the former Delaware signal caller landing this offseason.
Odds courtesy of BetDSI as of January 18, 2019.
Washington Redskins (+250)
The future of Alex Smith, Washington’s starting quarterback to open the 2018 season, is very much in doubt after the former No. 1 overall pick suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history this past November.
Prior to Smith’s injury, the Redskins were very much in contention in the NFC East. With that being the case, adding a proven veteran like Flacco would make perfect sense for the Skins if they truly believe they are close to competing for a spot in the postseason.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+200)
At this point the Jaguars would be insane to go into the 2019 season with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback (remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result), and they are far too talented, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, to go through a full-blown rebuilding project.
Flacco would give the Jags a veteran presence on offense — something that is desperately needed — and come at a very reasonable cost. In our opinion, this scenario makes the most sense.
Denver Broncos (+150)
Expectations are always high in Denver, and after three-straight seasons of missing the postseason, the pressure is on General Manager John Elway to right the Broncos’ ship this offseason.
The team has a new head coach, Vic Fangio, in place, and their incumbent starting quarterback, Case Keenum, is coming off a highly disappointing 2018 campaign and has a contract that makes him expendable.
The Broncos have glaring holes all over their roster, and adding Flacco likely won’t make them a serious threat to be among the top contenders for Super Bowl 54. Bottom line: The Broncos are a franchise that doesn’t accept losing, and if Elway believes Flacco can get them back into the postseason, he likely won’t hesitate to make an aggressive move to acquire the Super Bowl XLVII MVP.
Other teams to watch:
- Miami Dolphins (+400)
- New York Giants (+750)
- Carolina Panthers (+900)
- Oakland Raiders (+1000)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1200)
- Baltimore Ravens (+2000)
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