Joe Flacco has pieced together one of the least inspiring contract years in recent memory.
And while he’s thrown for a respectable 3,474 yards with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for 9-5 Baltimore, the lion’s share of Ravens fans will tell you that Flacco has been at best disappointing, and at worst appalling.
Now, as the season dwindles down and Baltimore limps towards the postseason with Flacco’s contract situation still in flux, one has to wonder where he will take snaps in 2013. Here are the five most likely landing spots.
5. Philadelphia – With both oft-injured quarterback and beleaguered head coach Andy Reid likely dismissed at the conclusion of the 2012 campaign, the Eagles, unless they’re sold on interim starter Nick Foles, will likely be searching for their next signal caller.
Flacco, who grew up in nearby Audubon, NJ, could be a relatively safe, and established, option for an incoming coaching staff.
Nevertheless, Flacco would represent the first true starting quarterback the Cardinals had possessed since Warner retired a few seasons back. Measures are in place for Arizona to work around brittle Kevin Kolb’s contract in order to ink Flacco to the long-term deal he’s seeking.
3. Kansas City – Regardless of record (2-14) the Chiefs are the league’s worst outfit. Currently sitting in the driver’s seat of April’s NFL Draft, Kansas City is unlikely to burn its invaluable No. 1 overall pick on one of the mediocre quarterbacks which will be available.
Flacco would be a gargantuan upgrade over whichever quarterback is currently piloting the league’s least productive offense.
2. Minnesota – The Vikings are a run-first, defensively solid team that’s on the verge of being a perennial playoff contender.
Flacco is light years ahead of Christian Ponder and, with the help of Percy Harvin, could help alleviate some of the pressure on Adrian Peterson – though he it doesn’t look like he needs it.
1. Baltimore – Like or not Baltimore fans but Flacco is the odds-on favorite to be your starter next September. And while the long-term deal he desires is likely tabled for a year in favor of the franchise tag, Flacco appears to still be QB 1 in Charm City.