April 20, 2024

It’s amazing how much love the backup quarterback gets especially if he gets the chance to play well. That’s how it was with Joe Flacco last season when he signed and played with the Browns, leading the team to the playoffs due to a shoulder injury with the starter Deshaun Watson.

The Browns ended up finishing the season with an 11-6 record and a loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs.

A career veteran with the Baltimore Ravens, Flacco went 123/204 (60.3% passing), 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. He really enlightened a fan base going 4-1 in the regular season until said playoff loss.

There was certainly a question of what the team would do when it came to this upcoming season and what would be done with Flacco. Check out this quote:

“All things equal, Cleveland is definitely the place that I would feel the best about,” Flacco said of his free-agency preferences during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Well, it was reported that former Browns QB and NFL Comeback Player of the Year winner Joe Flacco reached an agreement with the Indianapolis Colts, per sources. It’s a one-year deal worth up to $8.7 million, including $4.5 million guaranteed.

The Browns went another direction by agreeing to contract with veteran quarterback Jameis Winston on a one-year deal worth up to $8.7 million. It wasn’t a money issue as the two quarterbacks signed for the same amount.

Via DBN: Winston was drafted in the 1st round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft and was selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He went on to start 70 games for the Buccaneers, throwing for over 4,000 yards in three out of his five seasons with the team. He also led the lead in passing yards during the 2019 season with 5,109 yards. Though that was a special campaign for Winston, he also led the league in interceptions with 30.

Thus, a good quarterback in some seasons but nothing extremely outstanding. Winston has played nine years in the league in total and is 30 years old.

Flacco is 39 years old and has played 16 seasons as a whole. Thus, the new backup is much younger and less experienced than the old one.

The biggest problem with Flacco coming back as the backup is fans would have such a desire for him to once again be the starter even with a healthy Deshaun Watson ready to go. One bad pass and this fanbase would be roaring for a change.

I certainly think the front office took that into account with this move made in signing Winston over Flacco. It actually makes a lot of sense to go in a different direction. Thus, putting a lot less pressure on the current starter in Watson.

Ultimately, the goal is to never have to use a backup quarterback throughout the season. With Watson as the starter, it seems like that would be unlikely. One hit and it may be Famous Jameis time in Cleveland.

Lastly, I feel the playoff game against the Texans was very sobering. Flacco did throw for 300+ yards but his two crucial interceptions really showed his true colors and such.

Best of luck to Joe in Indy.

 

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