Cleveland Browns Sign Veteran Quarterback Joe Flacco, Seeking Active Roster Promotion: A Strategic Move in the Wake of Deshaun Watson’s Season-Ending Injuries
Joe Flacco, an experienced quarterback, was added to the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad on Monday, a key move foreseen by insiders like Field Yates and ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Rumor has it that Flacco will be added to the active roster soon.
This planned move was made in response to the Browns’ Friday practice, which was designed to handle Deshaun Watson’s absence. Watson will be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Notably, prior to finalizing the deal, the organization did not investigate other quarterback options, instead focusing entirely on getting Flacco.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson took over in the Browns’ 13-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Despite attempting 24 passes on 43 attempts for 165 yards and one interception, Thompson-Robinson was in command of a critical drive that resulted in the game-winning field goal in the final seconds. Quarterback PJ Walker is also on the Browns’ roster.
Joe Flacco brings a plethora of experience to Cleveland, having accumulated 42,320 passing yards and 232 touchdowns in his career. Interestingly, he was crowned Super Bowl MVP in 2013 while playing for the Baltimore Ravens.
Flacco, 38, last started a game for the New York Jets in the 2022 season. He demonstrated his abilities in Week 2 against Cleveland by orchestrating a spectacular fourth-quarter comeback, tossing four touchdown touchdowns, including the game-winning ball to Garrett Wilson with only 22 seconds remaining.
The Browns, who are now 7-3, are preparing for a challenging road game against the Denver Broncos the following weekend. The addition of Joe Flacco gives their quarterback group the depth and experience needed to win the rest of the season.