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Joe Flacco isn’t the quarterback of the future for the Denver Broncos.

But as of Wednesday morning, he appears to be the quarterback of the present for the Broncos.

The Broncos and Ravens agreed to a trade in principle to send the Super Bowl champion out west.

While Flacco doesn’t appear to be a world beater, if he can continue what he did for Baltimore in Denver, he could improve their offense.

In 11 seasons as the Ravens starter, Flacco threw for 38,245 yards, 212 touchdowns, and 136 interceptions.

Five times a Ravens WR caught passes for over 1,000 yards with Derrick Mason doing it in each of Flacco’s first two seasons. Torrey Smith had 1,128 yards in 2013, Steve Smith with 1,065 in 2014 and Mike Wallace with 1,017 in 2016. Eight times a pass catcher caught seven or more scores.

Until the Broncos cut incumbent Case Keenum, they will be paying their top-two quarterbacks over $47 million.

Flacco is due $28,250,000 in 2020 with the Broncos only eating $8 million by cutting him. So it appears the Broncos will draft someone, maybe a Drew Lock if he falls to the second round in April.

How does this impact Denver’s wide receivers:

Courtland Sutton gets the biggest bump in an offense captained by Flacco. The incoming second-year receiver had 42 catches for 704 yards and 4 scores as a rookie. If he can fill the Torrey Smith role for Flacco, he could certainly be in for a high-upside WR2 this season.

DaeSean Hamilton will likely be the WR2 until Emmanual Sanders returns from a torn Achilles tendon. Hamilton caught 30 passes for 243 and two scores from Keenum. Flacco does have a history of supporting two WRs, so if he is the WR2, Hamilton could be an interesting flex option.

Tim Patrick is an interesting flier with a few big games towards the end of the season last year. Patrick caught 23 balls for 315 yards and a score.

If Jake Butt can stay healthy, he could find his way into TE1 conversation in a shallow position. In 2012 Dennis Pitta had 61 catches for 669 yards and seven scores.

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