New York Jets deliver again veteran QB Joe Flacco in Philadelphia Eagles deal


FLORHAM PARK, NJ – With Zach Wilson missing at least two games with a sprained knee, the New York Jets secured quarterback insurance on Monday. They reacquired Joe Flacco in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, both teams announced on Monday. It cost the Jets a conditional pick for the sixth round in 2022, which may improve to a pick for the fifth round based on playing time for Flacco, who spent the 2020 season backing up the Jets under the previous coaching staff, sources shared Adam Schefter from ESPN.

Mike White, who replaced Wilson in the second quarter of Sunday’s 54-13 loss to the New England Patriots, will face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. But Flacco, 36, a former Super Bowl MVP for the Baltimore Ravens, offers insurance if White is injured or in trouble.

White has no starting experience; his NFL debut was Sunday. The former 2018 Dallas Cowboys five-round pick completed 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

The Jets’ other option was to get Journeyman Josh Johnson off the practice team, but he hasn’t played a game since 2018.

Wilson, who has a Grade 2 PCL sprain, is expected to be absent for two to four weeks. Coach Robert Saleh said there was “a possibility” that Wilson could play the Buffalo Bills on November 14th.

Hours before the deal was closed, Saleh raved about his trust in white.

“He’s a very calm man,” said Saleh. “He’s a great communicator, he’s great at the huddle. He is excellent at throwing a pocket offense instead of sliding into the pocket to run. He doesn’t panic. “

Flacco, who signed a $ 3.5 million one-year deal with the Eagles, saw no game action. Jalen Hurts has played every snap in seven starts. They also have former Jacksonville Jaguars starter Gardner Minshew on the bench, and on Monday they demanded quarterback Reid Sinnett from the Dolphins waivers, so they found Flacco dispensable.

“Joe is just a great person, a great professional, had a phenomenal preseason and was really good for ours [QB] Space, ”said Eagles trainer Nick Sirianni. But our time with Joe Flacco was really good. “

Sirianni was also asked if he would consider sitting hurts to see Minshew as a starter. He said no. “And then I said,” No, obviously I really like Gardner and I think he’s a good backup, but I have a lot of faith in Jalen and he’ll be our quarterback. “

The Jets had some interest in re-signing Flacco at the start of the free agency, but decided not to bring any experienced backups with them.

Flacco served as the primary replacement for Sam Darnold last season, starting four games when Darnold went down with a shoulder injury. The Jets lost all four while Flacco fought in three of the four. His best game was a 262-yard three-touchdown performance in a prime-time loss to the New England Patriots.

In total, Flacco completed 74 of 134 passes for 864 yards, with six touchdowns and three interceptions last season.