Multiple reports emerged on Saturday that the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco had a “productive” initial meeting regarding a possible extension of Flacco’s rookie deal, which expires after the 2012 season.
And while it’s indeed possible for productive discussions to occur without money being directly discussed, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that no numbers were exchanged by the parties during the meeting.
The source says that another session is expected to occur in roughly 10 days. The overriding goal will be to do a deal that holds up over time, taking into account the increases in the salary cap that will come as the new TV contracts kick in.
Agent Joe Linta has said that, if wins are the barometer, Flacco is a top-five quarterback. We’ve heard that the final numbers are more likely to be in the range of the bottom of the top 10.
Unless, of course, Flacco rolls the dice in 2012 like Drew Brees did in 2011 — and ends up having a great season that culminates in hoisting a silver trophy that bears the name of one of Joe’s fellow Italians.