Ever since the moment Lamar Jackson was drafted by the Ravens, Joe Flacco's time in Baltimore was done. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora said as much on our draft show that very night. Flacco's contract isn't ideal for a starting quarterback, it's completely untenable for a backup.
The only question left for Flacco isn't whether he will be gone, but it's the method with which he will be gone. The Ravens could certainly cut him, giving a nice little golden parachute (not that he needs one) and the opportunity to sign with whatever team he wants on the open market.
However, Baltimore clearly would prefer to trade Flacco. That would give the Ravens salary cap relief for the rest of Flacco's deal and allow them to get something in return for the quarterback. Those things can get awkward, with the Ravens potentially taking the best deal and shipping Flacco to a place he might not be thrilled to land.
On the other hand, the Ravens might prefer cutting Flacco and designating him a post-June 1 cut, so they can spread the cap hit across multiple years.
But the team also wants to, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, "treat Joe Flacco with class" and would consider helping him land in a spot that he prefers.
So what might that spot look like? Again, Flacco's a tough case because he has $26.5 million cap hit next year.