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Jets' deal for QB Joe Flacco becomes official

Joe Flacco of the Jets calls a play

Joe Flacco of the Jets calls a play during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Joe Flacco is officially back with the Jets.

The team announced Tuesday that they re-acquired Flacco from the Eagles for a conditional sixth-round pick. Flacco spent the 2020 season with the Jets, starting four games when Sam Darnold was injured.

Flacco joins the Jets after their latest starting quarterback, Zach Wilson, suffered a sprained PCL that will keep him out 2-4 weeks. But Mike White is expected to start this Sunday when the Jets face the Bengals. White replaced Wilson last Sunday in New England after he suffered the injury.

The Jets had needed a veteran back to help mentor Wilson and fill in for him if he got hurt. They had chances to sign Flacco and other proven veterans during the offseason but chose against it.

Instead, they signed Josh Johnson, who has played in 33 NFL games and none since 2018. Johnson has been on the Jets’ practice team all season.

Flacco spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Ravens and then one year with the Broncos before signing with the Jets in 2020. He joined the Eagles, but he hasn’t played yet this season.

The 36-year-old Flacco has experience playing in a system similar to what Mike LaFleur is running with the Jets. In Flacco’s one season in Denver, he played for offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, who came from the San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan coaching tree. LaFleur is running a form of Shanahan’s offense with the Jets.

Flacco completed 55.2% of his passes and threw for 864 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions in five games for the Jets last season.

Notes & quotes: The Jets placed linebackers Blake Cashman (groin) and Jamien Sherwood (Achilles) on injured reserve. They also signed safety Jarrod Wilson from the practice squad to the active roster and released safety Adrian Colbert.

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