Jets trade for Eagles QB Joe Flacco with Zach Wilson injured

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A day after rookie quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury, the New York Jets have traded for Philadelphia Eagles backup Joe Flacco.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed the deal to beat reporters Monday afternoon after NFL Network's Mike Garafolo initially reported the news

Per NFL Network, the Jets are sending a sixth-round draft pick to the Eagles in return that could escalate to a fifth-round pick based on how much Flacco plays. 

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 10: Joe Flacco #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Joe Flacco saw his most recent NFL action with the Jets last season. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Wilson sidelined for multiple weeks

Wilson left Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots after suffering the injury in the second quarter. His right knee got twisted on a hit by linebacker Matthew Judon. He didn't return to the game.

Backup Mike White replaced Wilson for his first NFL action. A fifth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, he completed 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the 54-13 loss.

An MRI on Monday reportedly confirmed that Wilson suffered a sprained PCL that's expected to sideline him for 2-4 weeks. Wilson told reporters on Sunday that he felt a pop in his knee and that it was loose. He said the team believed that a PCL sprain would amount to a "best-case scenario."

Flacco last played for the Jets

Flacco, a 13-season NFL veteran who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, will presumably take over at quarterback until Wilson is cleared to return. Flacco played for the Jets in 2020, seeing his most recent NFL action in five appearances including four starts for an injured Sam Darnold. He completed 55.2% of his passes for 864 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in Darnold's stead. He signed with the Eagles as a free agent during the offseason. 

Gardner Minshew will act as Jalen Hurts' primary backup in Philadelphia with Flacco's departure. 

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