It’s official. Joe Flacco signed with the Cleveland Browns going forward.
The Browns inked Flacco to a one-year deal on Thursday which ultimately ends his tenure on the practice squad. He is no longer QB3 and in fact, has become QB1.
There were some worries that another team would swoop in to sign Flacco off of Cleveland’s practice squad despite HC Kevin Stefanski blowing those off. As a practice squad member, Flacco could sign with any team’s active roster if he decided to.
Instead, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the deal the Browns gave their starting QB includes $4.05 million in incentives based on games won. He is set to make $75,000 for each of the remaining regular-season games this year.
Currently, Cleveland is 8-5-0 and owns the #5 seed for the postseason. If they continue their winning ways and make the playoffs, Flacco’s pay would become additional capital for each playoff win over and above what the league playoff winner’s checks are. He would receive from the Browns $250,000 for a Wild Card win, $500,000 for a divisional victory, $1 million for winning the AFC Championship Game, and $2 million for taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Playoff money comes from a league pool instead of from NFL teams so Flacco will double-dip for each playoff win.
Flacco started the past two games under center for the Browns and is 1-1. But in his last game, he helped defeat the AFC South Division leader Jacksonville Jaguars and threw for 311 yards with three touchdowns. It has been a very long time since a Cleveland signal-caller went over the 300-yard plateau.
He is scheduled to be the Browns starting quarterback from this Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears and going forward. Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson is now the backup with P.J. Walker on the practice squad as the emergency QB.
Flacco’s deal expires after this season when he will be a free agent again. One thing for certain, Flacco has rejuvenated the tight end position and found out that Elijah Moore is indeed a very good receiver.
When asked about next year, Flacco stated he is having fun playing again and has aspirations of playing after this season. For now, he is focused on the next opponent and trying to stay in the moment and be as grateful as possible while keep getting better.