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Eagles host Delaware star quarterback Joe Flacco for a free agency visit, but lose out on a cornerback


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The Eagles could end up looking to University of Delaware star Joe Flacco as their backup quarterback.

Flacco, a free agent who spent last season with the Jets, visited the Eagles on Monday, as Pro Football Talk first reported. If the Eagles do sign Flacco, it's likely to be as a backup to Jalen Hurts, who currently is the only quarterback on the Eagles' roster.

Flacco, who lives in South Jersey, has a championship pedigree.

He led the Blue Hens to the FCS national title game in 2007. He also led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in the 2012-13 season, when he was named MVP of the championship game.

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Flacco, 36, is also at the stage of his career where he is willing to serve as a mentor to a young quarterback like Hurts. Flacco is entering his 14th NFL season, and served last season as a backup to Sam Darnold with the Jets.

For his career, Flacco has thrown for 40,931 yards, which ranks 19th in NFL history. 

Up until last season, however, Flacco was resolute on starting. That was the case after the Ravens, who drafted him in the first round in 2008, traded him after the 2018 season to the Denver Broncos.

The Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson in the first round in 2018, and by the end of that season, Jackson had taken over the starting job.

When Flacco arrived in Denver, he said then that he wasn't interested in serving as a backup to Drew Lock, whom the Broncos selected in the second round in the spring of 2019.

Flacco started the first eight games in 2019 before a neck injury ended his season and led to surgery. Flacco was still recovering from the surgery last spring when the Jets signed him as Darnold's backup.

By all accounts, Flacco embraced his role with the Jets. He started four games in Darnold's place, completing 55.2% of his passes with 6 TD passes and 3 interceptions.

It was also reported then that the Eagles were interested in Flacco, but weren't ready to commit to him because of the injury.

That changed this season. For one, the Eagles are cash-strapped, and Flacco played last season on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, the type of deal that would fit into the Eagles' price range.

Secondly, the Eagles need a veteran backup after Carson Wentz was traded to Indianapolis last month. In addition, Nate Sudfeld is a free agent.

But there aren't many options left after top backup QBs like Tyrod Taylor and Jacoby Brissett, both of whom have experience with either Eagles coach Nick Sirianni or offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, signed elsewhere for deals in the $10 million per year range.

The Eagles could also look at trading for Nick Foles, the Eagles' Super Bowl hero in the 2017-18 season. Foles has already served two stints with the Eagles, but his salary cap hit for 2021 is $6.7 million.

The 49ers have also shown interest in Flacco. But he might prefer to stay closer to his family in South Jersey, where he grew up.

Eagles lose out on cornerback

The Eagles were hoping to meet with free agent cornerback Adoree' Jackson on Monday evening, but that apparently won't happen after the NFL Network reported that he will sign with the Giants.

Jackson, who spent his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, had met Sunday and earlier Monday with the Giants.

Jackson, the Titans' first-round pick in 2017, played in only three games last season due to injury.

The Eagles are looking to add another starting cornerback opposite of Darius Slay. But that might have to happen in the draft. 

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.