Initial Reaction – New York Jets Sign QB Joe Flacco

James Kuntz with initial reaction to the New York Jets signing backup QB Joe Flacco

The New York Jets signed Quarterback Joe Flacco to a 1 year, $1.5 million deal worth that includes an additional $3 million in incentives. Flacco underwent neck surgery in April and is expected to return by September. Flacco’s signing signifies what is likely to be the final addition to the 2020 Quarterback room, which now includes Darnold, Flacco, James Morgan, and David Fales.

The addition of Flacco means that the Jets will almost certainly be carrying 3 Quarterbacks on the 55 man roster: Darnold, Flacco, and Morgan. Fales projects to be the odd man out, as the Jets have invested a 4th round pick in Morgan, the gunslinger from FIU, and hope he can be Darnold’s long term backup. Flacco and Morgan are similar players stylistically, so one of the ancillary motivations behind this signing could be providing Morgan with a veteran mentor he can learn from.

Ironically, Flacco has an abysmal history of working with younger quarterbacks. Nine days after Lamar Jackson was drafted by the Ravens, Flacco still had not reached out to him, and when Flacco was signed by the Broncos in 2019 to serve as a steward of the franchise while then-rookie QB Drew Lock developed, Flacco refused to mentor Lock, saying: “I got so many things to worry about…I’m not worried about developing guys or any of that. That is what it is. I hope he does develop. I don’t look at that as my job.”

While Jets fans should be cautious about viewing Flacco as a potential mentor to the franchise’s young quarterbacks, at a minimum, the Jets are getting a seasoned veteran who can keep the team in games if Darnold misses time.