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TheNew York Jetsfilled the need for an experienced backup quarterback, agreeing to terms with former Super Bowl MVPJoe Flaccoon a one-year contract, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 35-year old Flacco, who was released by theDenver Broncosin March after one season, will receive $1.5 million in base pay, plus the chance to make another $3 million with incentives.

The question with Flacco is his health. The former longtimeBaltimore Ravensstarter underwent neck surgery in early April to repair a herniated disk and won’t be cleared for contact until late August or early September, a source said. He likely will participate in training camp on a limited basis, meaning no contact.

Assuming he’s healthy, Flacco will be the primary backup toSam Darnold.

The Jets had been exploring the backup-quarterback market for several weeks. Most notably, they held talks with formerCincinnati BengalsstarterAndy Dalton, who wound up signing with theDallas Cowboys.

The Jets did re-sign journeymanDavid Fales, but they wanted more insurance at the position. Fales has no career starts and only 48 career pass attempts since being drafted in 2014.

They also used a fourth-round draft pick onJames Morganout of Florida International, but he’s projected as the No. 3. Fales and former practice-squad playerMike Whitefigure to be the odd men out.

The Jets have struggled with their backups in recent years. Since 2018, they’re 0-6 when Darnold didn’t start. All told, they’ve lost 11 straight games with their backup in a starting role. The last backup to win wasBryce Petty, Dec. 11, 2016, at theSan Francisco 49ers.

General manager Joe Douglas is familiar with Flacco, as he was a Ravens area scout when they drafted him in 2008 in the first round. Douglas put a “big-time grade” on Flacco and lobbied hard for him, former Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said recently in an interview with ESPN.

This marks a quasi-homecoming for Flacco, who grew up in Audubon, New Jersey. This will be a new role for him; he has started every game in his career (171).

Flacco was placed on injured reserve halfway through the 2019 season with a herniated disk in his neck. He was 2-6 as Denver’s starting quarterback in 2019, throwing for 1,822 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 65.3% of his passes.

Flacco said during the season that he had felt discomfort in his neck “for a couple of weeks” before his last start, Oct. 27 in Indianapolis. He took several big hits in the loss to the Colts, including one of the biggest all season on the game’s final play. He went on injured reserve five days later.

At the end of last season, Flacco said he hoped to continue playing once he was medically cleared. In 12 NFL seasons, he is 98-73 as a starter with 40,067 passing yards, 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions.

During the 2012 postseason, Flacco threw 11 touchdown passes without an interception in four games as the Ravens went on to win Super Bowl XLVII.

ESPN’s Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.

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