As Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tries to persuade the team to accelerate the timetable for signing him to a long-term extension, he seems to be equally intent on proving (whenever football resumes) that he deserves a new deal sooner rather than later.
At Haruki Nakamura’s charity event for Japan on Saturday, Flacco told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that the fourth-year quarterback will be spending a lot of time throwing the football during the lockout.
For starters, he’ll head to Arizona to throw with tight end Todd Heap.
“We get together later this month,” Flacco said. “We’re going to go out to Arizona and hang out with Todd and there’s a facility out there. We could probably play a little bit of golf, too. It’s a pretty nice time of year to do that.”
Flacco, who started throwing recently after lifting weights and running, also plans to spend time throwing with receiver Anquan Boldin.
Flacco isn’t only spinning the pigskin; he likes to hurl the horsehide with his brother, Mike, a minor-league baseball player in the Orioles’ farm system.
“I like to throw the football, having a catch with my brother and stuff like that right now,” Flacco said. “Really, I like to throw a baseball a little bit to keep my arm in shape. When you throw a baseball, you have a little bit higher arm speed.”
Flacco also said he isn’t thinking about whether the work stoppage will end before games are missed. Instead, he simply wants to be ready when it does.
“I have confidence that we’re going to play,” Flacco said. “Beyond that, I haven’t really been thinking about it too much. The beauty of today is everybody works out somewhere and keeps in shape. So, that’s all anybody has to do right now is keep themselves in shape and be ready when we come back, whenever that is.”
It’s a good approach as it relates to each individual player. Collectively, however, it could serve only to keep the owners from thinking that there’s any real need to work this out in time to salvage a portion of the offseason.