4 quarterbacks the Commanders could sign to replace Taylor Heinicke

(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) Gardner Minshew
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Commanders could sign Joe Flacco

The career of Joe Flacco is winding down. At 38 years old and with his skills diminishing, the quarterback doesn’t have much more to give after a storied 15-year stint in the NFL that’s also come with a Super Bowl victory during his time with the Baltimore Ravens.

Flacco spent last season on the New York Jets and even saw time on the field thanks to Zach Wilson’s situation. The arm strength is nowhere near it once was and the reactions just aren’t there anymore in terms of recognizing pressure effectively.

If the Washington Commanders went down this particular route, they need to be 100 percent convinced of Sam Howell’s prospects as their No. 1 option under center. Something that would allow Flacco to become an extra coach of sorts.

This is also unlikely to cost the earth, which only adds to the appeal. However, there’s also a chance Flacco doesn’t feel like being a backup for another season and walks away having made a whopping $178.34 million throughout his career, according to Spotrac.

Whichever way the Commanders choose to go, they have to act quickly. Now that the big names such as Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr are off the market, those lower down the pecking order will start receiving offers and Washington doesn’t want to be left without.

Flacco represents a last resort. But the benefits are underrated.

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