Joe Flacco thanks the Ravens after trade, and the Ravens thank him back

No matter what else happened over his 11 years with the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco will be forever remembered fondly there for what he did in the first few weeks of 2013.

Flacco wasn’t a great quarterback with the Ravens, but he got hot in the playoffs that season and brought home a Super Bowl title. He didn’t make one Pro Bowl in 11 seasons as the Ravens starter. Nobody will remember that, over time. Everyone will remember him winning Super Bowl MVP against the San Francisco 49ers, and the miraculous last-minute throw to Jacoby Jones against the Broncos two games earlier.

Even though Flacco has moved on, now that he has officially been traded to the Denver Broncos, both sides had nothing but good feelings about each other as they made the separation official on Wednesday.

Joe Flacco and Ravens thank each other for 11 seasons

Flacco thanked the Ravens in a classy post on Twitter.

The Ravens posted two separate tweets thanking Flacco on Wednesday. Flacco retweeted them both.

There will be time for reunions and for Ravens fans to show their appreciation for Flacco in person, when the time is right. For now, it was a nice gesture from both sides to show respect for each other.

Flacco had a memorable career in Baltimore

Every time a team drafts a quarterback in the first round, they hope that quarterback can lead them to a Super Bowl. In that regard, the Flacco pick was a great one.

Flacco’s time with the Ravens had its ups and downs, with no greater peaks than his postseason at the end of the 2012 season. He threw for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions over four playoff games. It was one of the best single postseasons for any quarterback in NFL history.

That was followed by a bloated contract, not a ton of individual success, some bad injuries and eventually the team picking Lamar Jackson in the first round of last year’s draft. When Jackson led a resurgence in the second half of last season to take the Ravens to the playoffs, it was clear Flacco’s time in Baltimore was up.

Perhaps Flacco has some playoff magic left for Denver. Maybe the Ravens will thrive under Jackson. But Flacco and the Ravens will always be linked. That’s what happens when you win a championship together.

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NFL players who switched teams this offseason

WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

RB Le'Veon Bell

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

QB Joe Flacco

Traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Denver Broncos

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

QB Case Keenum

Traded from the Denver Broncos to the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

WR Antonio Brown

Traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DE Trey Flowers

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OT Trent Brown

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to join the Detroit Lions

(Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

S Landon Collins

Left the New York Giants in free agency to sign with the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

WR DeSean Jackson

Traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Philadelphia Eagles 

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

OL Terrell Suggs

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to join the Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

RB Frank Gore

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to sign with the Buffalo Bills

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

QB Nick Foles

Left the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LB C.J. Mosley

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

WR Jamison Crowder

Left the Washington Redskins in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

TE Jesse James

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

S Eric Weddle

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

RB Carlos Hyde

Left the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

DE Michael Bennett

Traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New England Patriots

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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