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Robert Saleh saw 'no risk' in trading for Joe Flacco: 'It was a no-brainer'

11/24/2021 9:06:28 PM
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The Jets encountered an unexpected turn in their difficult 2021 season when Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury, and made their journey even more unusual by trading for a veteran.

That veteran was Joe Flacco, who wasn't able to step in for the Jets in his first two weeks with the team because of his COVID-19 vaccination status (he is not vaccinated) and time needed to digest enough of the offense to perform. Flacco replaced Mike White in Week 10 and started in Week 11, two games the Jets lost while also scoring just 17 points in each contest.

New York sent a sixth-round pick to Philadelphia for Flacco, who is now once again likely unavailable after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Unvaccinated close contacts must miss a minimum of five days, while unvaccinated players who test positive must quarantine for 10. Wilson has since recovered and will start Sunday. Barring a Flacco activation, Josh Johnson -- a veteran who has bounced back and forth between the practice squad and active roster -- will be the Jets' backup as White is out.

All of this is to say, was the Flacco trade really worth it? Jets coach Robert Saleh is convinced it was and defended it accordingly Wednesday, Nick Shook of reports.

"I'll stand by this forever, when someone offers a sixth-round pick for a player of Joe's caliber, to me there is no risk," Saleh said. "You're playing with house money. I've said it before, you can trade back one spot and get that sixth-round pick back in a hurry. I know we look at draft capital, but that's an easy one.

"That was an easy decision in terms of here's a proven quarterback, a Super Bowl quarterback, a record holder, a guy who can settle an offense if he needs to step in there. Which he proved on Sunday, he did a phenomenal job against Miami's pressure system. So that in itself is worth its weight in gold. So, as far as the draft capital, the thinking, it was a no-brainer. A sixth-round pick is not hard to recoup."

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