Joe Flacco is back with the New York Jets for a third tour in green
— JL Sports (@JLSports3) March 16, 2022
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler further revealed that Flacco’s new contract is worth $3.5 million.
Joe Flacco back to the Jets on a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, per source.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 16, 2022
Flacco, 37, thus returns for a third year with the Jets and is set to compete for the primary backup quarterback job behind Zach Wilson. Another thrower, Mike White, lingers as a restricted free agent.
The MVP of Super Bowl XLVII was originally signed in 2020 and appeared in five games in relief of Sam Darnold. Flacco signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in the ensuing offseason but was sent back to New York in a trade deadline deal that yielded a conditional draft pick eventually placed in the sixth round (that was later dealt to Denver).
Though the Jets have fallen in each of Flacco’s five starts, he posted respectable results in the box score, amassing an 88.3 passer rating and nine touchdowns compared to only three interceptions.
Joe Flacco dropped this in the bucket 👀
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 10, 2020
Flacco’s rearrival will provide veteran leadership behind Wilson during the training camp process. The Jets’ summer quarterback room featured three throwers with nary an attempt of NFL experience, with Wilson working alongside White and the since-departed James Morgan. Flacco was one of two veterans the Jets brought in afterward, as they also welcomed in Josh Johnson.
The understudy trio shared passing duties over five games between October and November, with Flacco getting the starting nod for the Week 11 loss in Miami, where he threw for 291 yards in defeat (his best yardage output since September 2019).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags