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Report: Broncos waive QB Joe Flacco

The Denver Broncos moved on from Joe Flacco last season, and now they’ve really moved on.

Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco looks up from the sidelines in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Flacco experiment in Denver was over in Week 8, but now it’s official, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. General Manager John Elway seemed pretty keen on his new acquisition last offseason, saying, “At 34, he’s just going into his prime.” That quote got quite a few laughs, as it should.

Flacco then went on to throw six touchdowns to five interceptions at 6.6 adjusted yards per attempt through eight starts. The Broncos have moved on to Drew Lock now, who showed some promise toward the end of last season. Flacco was released due to a failed physical designation according to Schefter, but it looks like that’s more of a technical designation, as Flacco appears ready to move onto a new team if they will have him.

There won’t be any teams that will want him as a starter, but he probably still has some life in him as a backup quarterback. At this point, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Flacco are the four biggest names available. Flacco probably ranks somewhere with Dalton tied for last on that list.

Flacco’s Super Bowl run in 2012 was an amazing accomplishment and gave gave him a lucrative contract that payed him the most of any quarterback at the time. Flacco would never return to the Super Bowl and never came close to the statistics he put up in that great stretch of games. He was a one-hit wonder, but it was an impressive hit.