Ravens Send Message to Joe Flacco After Joining Browns…
Former Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who played a crucial role in securing a Super Bowl win for Baltimore, has now joined their AFC North rival, the Cleveland Browns. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh expressed his support for Flacco, acknowledging his competitive spirit and wishing him success in his 16th NFL season.
Flacco’s signing with the Browns was officially confirmed on Monday, marking his return to the field after stints with the Ravens (2008-18), Broncos (2019), and New York Jets (2020-22). The veteran quarterback, known for his Super Bowl XLVII victory and MVP title with the Ravens, brings a wealth of experience to the Browns’ quarterback room alongside Dorian Thompson-Robinson and PJ Walker.
The Browns and Ravens are currently in a fierce competition for the AFC North crown, with Baltimore holding a slim lead. To accommodate Flacco’s arrival, the Browns released wide receiver Trinity Benson from the practice squad. Flacco is expected to start with the Browns’ practice squad initially, gradually transitioning to the active roster.
As Browns franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson plans to undergo surgery for a broken bone in his shoulder and embark on initial rehab on the West Coast, Flacco’s leadership and experience will be crucial in filling the void left by Watson’s absence. Head coach Kevin Stefanski emphasized Flacco’s supportive role and the positive impact he can have on the team’s dynamic.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson will continue to start for the Browns against the Denver Broncos, with Stefanski acknowledging Flacco’s role in supporting the team. Despite Thompson-Robinson’s mixed performance in his second career start against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he led the team to a game-winning drive, securing a 13-10 victory.
Flacco’s addition to the Browns’ roster is seen not only as a strategic move to enhance quarterback depth but also as a valuable asset in providing guidance and leadership to the team during a critical period. As the Browns navigate their quarterback situation, Flacco’s experience is expected to play a significant role in supporting the team’s goals.