4. The contract is easy to get out of
One of the main reasons this trade doesn’t suck? The Broncos can get out of Flacco’s contract at any point in time with no dead money.
That isn’t often the case, if ever.
Very rarely can you acquire a quarterback in the NFL for the price of a day three draft pick with a Super Bowl MVP on their résumé and not a penny of dead money in case things don’t work out.
If you can, you’re usually not getting those guys with three years left on their contract.
Flacco has three years left on his deal, and would cost roughly the price of an average to above average quarterback in today’s NFL. If things work out, that’s a price the Broncos would happily pay.
If it’s clear the team needs to move on after the 2019 season, they can do so having taken a similar approach to that of the Cleveland Browns last year, who traded a very high third-round pick for Tyrod Taylor, who was only part of a couple of games this season before they put Baker Mayfield in.
The Broncos will pay Flacco as this thing goes, and won’t owe him any money down the road if things don’t go well and they want to move on.