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Report: Denver Broncos trading for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news on Wednesday.

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There is a new quarterback in the AFC West.

The Denver Broncos are trading for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal won’t become official until March 13.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport chimed in with the compensation, a mid-round draft pick.

The trade means the Ravens are comfortable in moving forward with Lamar Jackson as their starter. That was to be expected, as Flacco was benched late in the year and Jackson started in the playoffs.

More importantly for Chiefs fans, it means that Kansas City will in all likelihood be seeing a Joe Flacco vs. Patrick Mahomes matchup twice next year. As explained by 9News’ Mike Klis (who is in the know), Case Keenum is out as Denver’s starting quarterback.

The post-Peyton Manning era in Denver continues to be a quarterback carousel.

With Flacco being 34, Broncos general manager John Elway has brought in another short-term solution, so I think the Broncos could still bring in a quarterback in the draft. The Broncos have the 10th overall pick and have been reported to be interested in Missouri’s Drew Lock.

The Chiefs have to like what their seeing as they watch from afar, their franchise quarterback in Patrick Mahomes coming off an MVP season is his first year as starter while Denver struggles to make anything work at the game’s most important position year after year.

Kansas City reactions

Items of note

*The Ravens will actually save $10.5 million in cap space, per Schefter.

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