Earlier this week, agent Joe Linta suggested that quarterback Joe Flacco should be paid among the top five quarterbacks in the game. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the more accurate range for Flacco is the top 10. (Some would say even that’s too high.)
So how would Flacco go about upgrading? As explained during Thursday’s edition of PFT Live, Flacco will have to play out the final year of his contract (like Drew Brees did in New Orleans), and generate the kind of performance that vaults him to that level.
In other words, Flacco probably needs to win the Super Bowl, and perhaps the Super Bowl MVP trophy. That would give him the leverage he needs to be paid like a top-five quarterback. Something less than that could get him the franchise tag, which is calculated by averaging the cap numbers of the five highest-paid quarterbacks.