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Broncos trade for quarterback Joe Flacco


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After 11 years in Baltimore, Joe Flacco has a new team — and the Denver Broncos have a new starting quarterback.

Denver officially finalized a trade for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on Wednesday after a month of speculation. The Broncos will send a 2019 fourth-round pick — the 113th-overall selection — to Baltimore as compensation.

Flacco, the Super Bowl XLVII MVP, has thrown for 212 career touchdowns and more than 38,000 yards. He has won 106 career games, including postseason appearances.

He leaves Baltimore as the team's all-time leader in every major passing category.

Flacco's postseason numbers are perhaps the most impressive part of his resume.

He has a 10-5 career postseason record, the most postseason road wins in NFL history and during the 2012 season, he led the Ravens on a 4-0 postseason run in which he threw 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.

He was named Super Bowl MVP after a three-touchdown, zero-interception showing in Baltimore's win over the San Francisco 49ers.

After back-to-back losing seasons, the Broncos will now rely on Flacco to help the team return to the postseason. And there are reasons to believe the 2008 first-round draft pick can make that happen.

Though he was replaced last season in Baltimore by rookie Lamar Jackson, Flacco was on pace for one of his best seasons as a professional. Through nine weeks, Flacco completed 61.2 percent of his passes and threw for 2,465 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He then suffered a hip injury in Week 9 that sidelined him for four weeks, and the Ravens tabbed Jackson as the starter. Flacco was cleared late in the year but remained on the sideline as the team's backup.

Flacco, though, has been available for much of his NFL career; he has started all 16 games in nine of his 11 seasons.

Denver's new quarterback has also largely avoided turnovers, which have plagued the Broncos over the last two seasons.

During his time in Baltimore, Flacco and the Ravens turned the ball over the sixth-fewest times in the NFL while winning the sixth-most games by a quarterback in that span.

The three-time AFC Offensive Player of the Week will now see if he can replicate his success in the Mile High City.

Flip through photos of Joe Flacco's path to the NFL, from his days at Delaware to his Rookie of the Year season in 2008, to his run with the Ravens to Super Bowl XLVII, and through the 2018 NFL season.

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