Joe Flacco trade
Pretty much all of Broncos Country was against trading for Joe Flacco, but the more time this has had to set in, the less terrible it seems.
The Broncos got a former Super Bowl MVP at quarterback for just a fourth-round pick, and they feel they’ve significantly upgraded over what Case Keenum was last year.
Most importantly with this move — the coaching staff had a say in it and believed Flacco to be a good fit for the new offense. That was worth adding $4.5 million to the starting QB cap number.
Flacco has not been impressive statistically over the past four years, but can be an effective game manager and can also help the Broncos win games right now.
Case Keenum trade
The trade for Flacco put the writing on the wall for the Broncos’ 2018 starter, Case Keenum. With a $21 million cap hit and $18 million in base salary, it seemed trading him was completely off the table.
However, Keenum accepted a massive pay cut after his performance in 2018 for a chance to compete for a starting position in Washington this year.
The Broncos, more than a sixth-round pick, got rid of $14 million against their 2019 cap by making this trade. Interestingly enough, their 2019 cap hits for Kareem Jackson and Ja’Wuan James equaled out to $14 million exactly.