Eagles signing Delaware legend to be their backup quarterback

Martin Frank
Delaware News Journal
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The Eagles are signing University of Delaware star Joe Flacco as their backup quarterback.

Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, confirmed the news Tuesday evening. ESPN reported Flacco is signing a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with a possibility to earn another $4 million in incentives.

Flacco, 36, is entering his 14th NFL season after leading the Blue Hens to the national championship game in 2007, but only his second as a backup quarterback.

The Ravens selected Flacco in the first round of the 2008 draft, and he started for 11 straight seasons, leading the Ravens to the playoffs in six of his first seven seasons. That included the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season in which Flacco was named the game's MVP.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans on Feb. 13, 2013.

But Flacco lost his starting job toward the end of the 2018 season to rookie Lamar Jackson. After the season, the Ravens traded him to the Denver Broncos. He started over rookie Drew Lock in 2019 until a neck injury that required surgery ended his season.

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Flacco then signed with the Jets last year and served as Sam Darnold's backup on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.

Flacco started four games for the Jets last season in place of Darnold, throwing for 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. In all, Flacco has thrown for 40,931 yards, which ranks 19th in NFL history.

For Flacco, who grew up in South Jersey, it's another chance to play close to his family home. 

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For the Eagles, Flacco is a veteran presence for Hurts, the Eagles' second-round pick in 2020. Hurts replaced Carson Wentz for the final 4½ games of the season. He completed 51% of his passes during those games with 6 TDs and 4 interceptions.

Wentz was traded last month to the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles could add a third quarterback in the draft.

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.

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