The Philadelphia Eagles have traded backup quarterback Joe Flacco to the New York Jets, as first reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

In return, the Eagles will receive a conditional 6th round pick in the 2022 NFL draft that can become a 5th-round pick based on playing time. The compensation was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Breakdown

Flacco signed a 1-year, $3.5M contract with the Eagles in March to serve as Jalen Hurts’ backup. The 36-year-old did not appear in a regular season game for the Eagles this season. Flacco played in all three preseason games and started two, finishing with 449 yards on 66% passing with 3 TDs, 1 INT, and a 106.2 QBR. 

The Jets were down a QB after starter and number 2 overall pick Zach Wilson suffered a sprained PCL injury on Sunday that will keep him out an estimated 2-4 weeks. Flacco appeared in five games with four starts with the Jets in 2020 and threw for 864 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INTs, and posted a 58.0 QBR. The team was 0-4 in Flacco’s four starts.

Instant Reaction

The Eagles did good to get something in return for a shortsighted signing they had in March. Flacco was very unimpressive in the preseason and was on his way to being bumped to QB3 after the Eagles acquired Gardner Minshew before the season. They will now have 11 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft but will still be on the hook for $2M of Flacco’s salary. 

For the Jets, this is a head scratcher. Flacco didn’t perform last season, is 36-years-old, and the Jets are 1-5. They should not be giving up draft picks for anything, let alone an ineffective veteran backup QB.