Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Jaguars have held internal conversations about a possible trade for Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who they’ve identified as one of their primary quarterback options for 2019.
According to La Canfora, the interest is mutual and Flacco is open to the possibility of playing in Jacksonville next year.
La Canfora says that in the conversations the Jaguars have had with candidates for their offensive coordinator job, it’s clear that Blake Bortles is not an option back there next season. Instead, sources have told La Canfora that Flacco, Eagles QB Nick Foles and Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill are the names the Jaguars brass are mulling.
La Canfora notes that Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell and new Ravens GM Eric DeCosta have a “very strong relationship” and have quickly put deals together in the past.
In the event the Giants opt to move QB Eli Manning, La Canfora says it would not be surprising to see Tom Coughlin show interest in him, but he considers this to be far less certain that Flacco’s immediate availability.
Rival GMs don’t anticipate the Ravens getting more than a mid-round pick for Flacco in trade, considering that the league is well aware of the fact that Baltimore will end up releasing him if there’s no trade.
La Canfora adds that it’s possible the Dolphins may also get in the mix for Flacco.
Flacco, 33, is a former first-round pick of the Ravens back in 2008. He’s currently in the third year of a six-year, $125 million contract that contained $44 million guaranteed. He is set to make a base salary of $12 million this season to go along with another $18.5 million (2019), $20.25 (2020) million, $24.25 million (2021).
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Flacco will free up $16 million of available cap space while creating $10.5 million in dead money.
In 2018, Flacco appeared in nine games and completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,465 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Ravens. He has also rushed for 45 yards.