The Cleveland Browns are currently up against it, moving forward this season without franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. The gunslinger opted for a season-ending shoulder injury earlier this week after suffering a fracture in last Sunday’s 33-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns announced they would start rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson in his stead, but that hasn’t stopped them from seeking outside help. Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Cleveland will host former Baltimore Ravens championship quarterback Joe Flacco for a workout on Friday morning.
The #Browns are hosting a QB workout this morning, and sources say former Super Bowl MVP and #Ravens QB Joe Flacco is among them. Flacco last played for the #Jets and has kept his mind open about a return.
With Deshaun Watson’s injury, adding a practice squad player is likely. pic.twitter.com/93hx9LAsBC
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2023
Flacco last played for the New York Jets in 2022. However, with Watson now on the mend, the Browns roster just two quarterbacks.
Joe Flacco: 38-Year-Old Former Super Bowl MVP
Joe Flacco threw for 1,051 yards and five scores against three picks with the New York Jets in 2022. A first-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft, Flacco played his first 11 years with the Baltimore Ravens. The Delaware product played his best ball from 2009-2012, compiling a 43-21 record while tossing 88 passing touchdowns to 44 picks. Flacco shined for the Ravens in the playoffs during that span, including posting one of the most extraordinary single-season postseason appearances ever.
The six-foot-six signal caller threw for 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns, with no interceptions during the Ravens’ title run in 2012. However, the Ravens burned a first-round pick on former Heisman Trophy Award winner Lamar Jackson in 2018, the final year of Flacco’s tenure in Baltimore.
Flacco played his past four seasons with the Denver Broncos and Jets but struggled to find his footing playing for lackluster teams. The 38-year-old went 3-14 but completed 61% of his passes for 20 touchdowns and 11 picks. The Cleveland Browns will give him a chance at returning to the NFL with a planned workout on Friday.
Cleveland Browns: Quarterback Depth Chart
The Cleveland Browns took a heavy loss early this week with the announcement of quarterback Deshaun Watson going down for the year. Watson is in the middle of a five-year, $230 million contract. Meanwhile, rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson will take over the reins in the meantime. The former UCLA Bruins superstar shined in the preseason, going 37-of-58 for 561 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. However, he soured in a spot start earlier this year, going 19-of-36 for 121 yards and three picks against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Browns also house former XFL standout P.J. Walker. The Temple product has won all three games he has seen the bulk of the action despite throwing just one touchdown to five interceptions. Walker will play behind Thompson-Robinson in Week 11, with the Cleveland Browns announcing the rookie as the starter for Sunday’s battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers.