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Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:32 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 3:03 pm
 
Baltimore regards Flacco as the future of the franchise, apparently. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

When we ran down possible destinations for Peyton Manning in 2012, we left the Ravens off the list because they already have, in theory, a franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco. Many folks would disagree. But, apparently, not the Ravens.

According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Ravens and Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, will sit down in Indianapolis at the 2012 NFL Combine to talk about getting Flacco a new, long-term contract.

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LaCanfora writes that the Ravens are "committed to keeping the 2008 first-round pick." There's no secret that Flacco wants to get paid: Flacco said during the regular season that he deserved a new contract with the Ravens based on his performance.

"It is what it is," Flacco said at the time. "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."

This is a mantra Flacco's repeated for some time now; that the Ravens are finally willing to talk turkey means that either they were a) as impressed with Flacco's playoff performance as our own Clark Judge was; or b) they understand that the "known" of Flacco is better than the "unknown."

The unknown being, of course, whoever else might be out there in free agency or the draft after the 2012 season. (If they tried to franchise him after the coming season, there would be some evil laughter and giddy fu-manchu rubbing as Flacco sprinted to sign that guaranteed contract.)

Based on what John Harbaugh's said before, it sounds like their answer is (a).

"I've said it many times," Harbaugh said. "I think his best football is in front of him. He only gets better. He's our kind of guy. He's a tough guy. He's a competitive guy. He's a leader. And I just can't wait to see where this thing goes with him. We are proud to have him as our quarterback."

So the question then becomes: how much is Flacco worth? Kevin Kolb and Matt Cassel both got contracts that paid them more than $60 million, with $20 million and $28 million guaranteed, respectively. (Kolb signed a five-year extension, while Cassel signed a six-year deal.)

There's no way Baltimore can get away with paying Flacco less than those guys. He's 44-20 in his career, he's started every single game since his rookie season, he's got a completion percentage over 60, he's got 11 game-winning drives and an 80:46 touchdown record.

He's also won five playoff games in four years and was one Lee Evans drop (or one accurate deep ball to Torrey Smith, if you prefer) away from taking the Ravens to the Super Bowl last year. He outplayed Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game.

Kolb's never played more than nine games in a season (!), or thrown for more than 2,000 yards. Flacco's average season with Baltimore dwarfs Cassel's average season with New England and Kansas City.

So unless he's taking a serious hometown discount, Flacco's going to get north of $10 million a year and $30 million in guaranteed money. That's a lot of cheese. It's going to be extremely interesting to see how Cam Cameron and Jim Caldwell can help Flacco grow over the next few years.

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Comments

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

I love how everyone hates joe but lets about teams if he starts
AFC East
Miami - Yes
NY Jets - Yes
Buffalo - No but I's say YES Joe I  think is better than Fitzpatrick
Mew England - NO

AFC North
Baltimore - Yes obvious
Pitts - NO
Cleve - Yes
Cinn - No for now - But Dalton may or not be good -  Joe is better now

AFC South
Tenn - Yes
Indy - No - Yes unless manning is back
Jacksonville - Yes
Houston - NO

AFC West
San Diego - No (what has he won) and he has stud receivers. JOE wins more
KC - Yes
Denver - Yes I know TEBOW is there but come on YES
OAK - Yes

NFC EAST
Wash - Yes
DAL - NO they love ROMO too much but Joe is better - Joe wins MORE
Phil - NO - Vick is better but i bet they would love to have JOE
NYG - NO

North
Chi - Yes
Det - No
Minn - yes
GB - no

South
Car - no
tampa - yes
new orleans - no
atl - he's better than Matty Ice  (look at wins) - but no

west
sea - yes
ariz - yes
sf - yes
st louis - yes












Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

Haha good for the rest of the NFL.



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:57 am
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

It's going to get done.  Joe Flacco will be standing behind a podium soon saying all the right things and if any reporters are not awake after Joe's dynamic talk they will create quotes.  The bottom line is Joe Flacco is the best quarterback the Baltimore Ravens have ever had.  Yes, I know Steve McNair went 13-3 but by the time the regular season was over he was broken down due to him being at the end of a Hall of Fame carreer with Tennessee.  Stoney Case, Elvis Grbek, Jim Harbaugh, Vinny Testaverde, Tony Banks, Superbowl winning QB, Trent Dilfer, not to mention Kyle Bowler cannot compare to Flacco.  Steve Bisciotti knows that. Ozzie Newsome knows that. Jim Harbaugh and every coach, Ravens player and Ravens fan knows that Joe Flacco is the best QB to play pro football in Baltimore since the "Rustin Rifle" Bert Jones wore the horseshoe at Memorial Stadium in the mid to late 1970's.  The bigger questions for the Ravens are what players will be protecting Joe and who will be catching his passes.




Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:41 am
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

I think the porn 'stache hurts his value though. 



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:28 am
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

If your Baltimore you have to give him a decent offer to make him feel appreciated because "he definately feels like he is undervalued and does not get the respect that he feels is entitled to him".  Joe Flacco with the "fu man chu" playoff facial hair, trying to channel Joe Willie Namath in the process and make everyone think he is the Pennslyvania guy with the legendary status yet cannot even carry Namath's jock across the locker room let alone the football field, wanting the respect and the contract that, in the old days, one would have to prove that he deserves those numbers because he proved that he could put those numbers up there.  It used to be that you had to excel to get an excellent contract but hey, your in Baltimore. 



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

Please sign him to a long-term contract.  Please! 
Spend big money on the franchise QB and wrap him up through the rest of the decade.



Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

Flacco won't go anywhere eles he has it good in Baltimore.  He has good recivers a great running game, yes lewis and Reed are getting old but they are not the team.  They may be the face but when they were out this year the Raven still won. If it wasn't for a half crazed beat writer in Baltimore Joe would be getting a lot of respect. But even Preston came down on Joe side at the end of the season. Preston is who I would like to see walk from baltimore, maybe run would be better.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:44 pm
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

If i was Flacco i wouldnt resign in Bmore. First off the team is getting old, second i would be sick and tired of hearing Lewis and Reed complain about the offense. I would just say screw u guys im outta hear. Plus theres about 7 or 8 teams that would pay him that kinda of money he wants and deserves, plus some of those teams have damn good WRs, and please dont tell me torrey smith is a good wr, cause hes not. He had one good game last year then nothing worth talking about, and that game came against the RAMS...Flacco please eave Bmore, plus im sick of the ravens fans in the PA/MD. This would be a good pissoff to them all



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

     I have no doubt Baltimore re-signs Joe but it will be interesting to see for how much.  Flacco has done a good job overall for the Ravens and I hope he is around for years to come.



Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Report: Ravens, Flacco to talk contract next week

good for joe, we need ya babe, go ravens!


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