The New York Jets have been saying since the spring that they didn’t need an experienced quarterback in the roster. But on Monday, a day after losing rookie Zach Wilson for at least the next two games, they made a deal to bring back a familiar face.
The Jets traded for Eagles quarterback Joe Flacco, a person familiar with the situation confirmed to NorthJersey.com. The Jets send a conditional sixth-round pick to the Eagles, which could turn into a fifth-round pick depending on how much Flacco plays for the Jets, according to ESPN who first reported the trade.
Flacco, 36, was the Jets’ replacement in 2020 behind Sam Darnold. Played five games for the Jets, including four starts when Darnold was injured. Flacco completed 74 of 134 passes (55.2%), for 864 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.
Trading for Flacco makes a lot of sense: it gives the Jets a proven quarterback who will give them a legitimate chance at winning games when Wilson is not on the field. It’s unclear who will start Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Flacco was in a different offense last season under Adam Gase so he will have to get used to a whole new schedule and new staff.
But presumably the Jets got veteran Flacco to play. And it’s a huge change from the course the organization has been setting for months – including earlier on Monday when Jets coach Robert Saleh expressed confidence in White’s ability and said that the team could continue to grow with him at the helm.
“We have a lot of faith in Mike, which is why we kept him,” Saleh said hours before the trade. “He proved to us that he could work in this system.”
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Andy Vasquez is the Jets Beat Writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all analytics, news, transactions and other Jets, please register today and download our app.
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