|Flacco and Rice are looking for new deals, although one is more likely than the other to get it this offseason. (AP)|
By Ryan Wilson
Here's what we wrote 24 hours ago:
Running back Ray Rice is in the last few weeks of his rookie contract and it's no secret that he's looking for a new deal. And given his importance to the Ravens' offense, he deserves it. We're guessing the two sides will come to an agreement in this offseason, although the Titans' Chris Johnson has completely obliterated the market for do-everything feature backs.
During Sunday's CBS pregame show, The NFL Today's Charley Casserly spoke about Rice's future in Baltimore.
CBS Sports' James Brown is joined by Charley Casserly to discuss the contract status of Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice for next season.
"The Ravens told me, obviously, it's the No. 1 priority to get him re-signed for the next year," Casserly said. "I think his agent's going to ask for a big contract, north of $10 million. If they don't get a deal done before the start of free agency, they will franchise him at $7.7 million. Another key free agent is guard Ben Grubbs. Last year they paid Marshall Yanda a lot of money to play guard and he can also play tackle so Grubbs may end up going to free agency."
But Rice isn't the only player in Baltimore looking to re-up. Quarterback Joe Flacco will have a year left on his contract after the 2011 season, but like most franchise quarterbacks, he'd like an extension in place before he becomes a free agent. Two weeks ago he spoke to the Baltimore Sun about any impending deal.
"It is what it is," he said. "It's either going to happen at some point or it's not. The bottom line is I'm not too worried about it either way. Do I feel like I deserve one? Yeah. Do I feel like I'm going to get one? Yeah. If I don't get one, is it going to be a huge deal? No, it is what it is. It's not really up to me. It's up to me to go out there and focus on my play each and every game and put our team in the best spot to win a football game."
Here's what we wrote Saturday:
Flacco likes to remind his critics that the Ravens have gone to the playoffs in each of his four seasons, and have put together back-to-back 12-4 campaigns. That's nice, but the bottom line is winning a Super Bowl. Baltimore hasn't come close and part of that lies with Flacco. If he plays well during the playoffs, he'll be in line for a raise; if he plays like he did against the Titans, Jaguars, Seahawks or Chargers, the club could choose to reevaluate things after he plays out the final year of his rookie deal.
A day later, NFL.com's Jason La Canfora says pretty much the same thing.
"According to sources close to him, the quarterback also knows that any real leverage in negotiations only will be gained during the playoffs after a season in which he failed to reach many of his 2010 marks," La Canfora wrote. ... "The likelihood of Flacco receiving a new contract rises if he makes strides during this postseason, and it could create more pressure on the organization to get a deal done. If he doesn't perform well, it will be much more likely that he must play out the duration of his rookie deal."
Things didn't get off to a great start against the Texans. The Ravens won the AFC Divisional game, but they needed four turnovers and a last second incompletion to do it. Flacco ended the afternoon 14 of 27 for 176 yards and two touchdowns, but having done nothing to change the perception that he's capable of being a consistently effective NFL quarterback.
So does Flacco deserve an extension? And if so, how much? The Cardinals and Chiefs overpaid Kevin Kolb and Matt Cassel ($63 million, $20 guaranteed; and $63 million, $28 million guaranteed, respectively). That's probably Flacco's ballpark, although that seems like a lot of money to tie up in a guy who completed just 57 percent of his passes in 2011. And his 20 touchdowns and 80.9 passer rating were his lowest totals since his rookie season.
Baltimore Ravens' QB, Joe Flacco, completed 14 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-13 victory over the Houston Texans. Join CBS Sports' Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf for a recap of all the action.
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