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Joe Flacco quickly finds new home, lands with Colts

Joe Flacco moved on in a hurry, finding a comfortable landing spot.

The 39-year-old quarterback and fan favorite in Cleveland agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Wednesday night. The deal is worth $4.5 million guaranteed with a potential to reach $8.7 million with incentives.

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Flacco, who was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year, is scheduled to back up Anthony Richardson, who was the No. 4 pick in the draft last year and missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder injury that required surgery.


The agreement came a day after the Browns chose Jameis Winston over Flacco to back up Deshaun Watson. Winston agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal that could reach $8.7 million.

He was cut by the Saints on Wednesday, and his deal with the Browns is expected to become official in the coming days.

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Flacco wanted to return to the Browns after signing Nov. 20 and leading them on a four-game winning streak to secure a playoff spot. But the Browns went with Winston, who’s nine years younger and considered a better fit for the offense and quarterback room.

He also isn’t beloved by a large number of Browns fans as Flacco is, which could’ve created an awkward dynamic as he stood on the sideline behind a potentially struggling Watson.

Flacco had gone unsigned before joining the Browns after Watson was lost for the season with a right shoulder injury. He lost his first start, then won four straight to reach the playoffs, throwing for 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

In the playoff loss to the Texans, he threw for 307 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns.

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Gardner Minshew filled in for the Colts last year when Richardson was hurt. Minshew became a free agent and agreed to a deal with the Raiders this week.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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