Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has just completed the fourth year of a five-year rookie contract. He thinks he’s done enough to merit additional security.
“Definitely,” Flacco said Monday, via the team’s official website. “We’ll see how it goes; if it goes, it goes, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
So far, it hasn’t been going anywhere. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there have been no talks toward a new contract.
Why does Flacco think he has earned an extension? “I think I’m the quarterback that I am,” Flacco said. “I think the first four years that I’ve played here we’ve gone to the playoffs every time [and] won a game. I think the last two years that I’ve played in the playoffs, I’ve played well in the playoffs.”
But he wasn’t done. “And like I said earlier, I think when you watch the film and you’re a guy in this organization, I think that you can say, ‘Hey, he’s played pretty damn good for us,'” Flacco added. “But like I said, you never know what’s going to happen.
Though owner Steve Bisciotti said last year that he envisioned negotiations beginning in 2012, there’s a chance that, once the two sides start talking, they’ll realize that there’s a significant disconnect between what the Ravens want to pay and what Flacco wants to be paid. On one hand, Flacco’s camp surely will point to performances like the one he put together on Sunday in the AFC title game. On the other hand, the team surely will point to his consistent pattern of inconsistency.
In the end, both sides would be wise to work something out. While the Ravens could do a lot better at the position, they could do — and have done — a lot worse in the past.