Flacco expected to aim for Drew Brees money

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Baltimore’s Joe Flacco is the top quarterback in the NFL with an expiring contract. Flacco is working from a position of strength after compiling a 15:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the Ravens’ final seven games leading up to the Super Bowl.

And he’s looking to get paid.

John Clayton stated on ESPN’s SportsCenter Special Monday that Flacco will likely target Drew Brees money in contract talks with the Ravens. Brees, of course, signed a five-year, $100 million contract with $40 million guaranteed last July.

“He’s now made a case for $20 million a year,” Clayton said. “And I think he’s gonna try to hold to that. Last season what I was hearing was he was asking for about $17 million. … But he was saying ‘okay fine, let me play this out.’ Now he’s in a position to make big money. And we’ll see if he can get over Drew Brees’ contract. I think he can.”

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen agreed that the “$20 million figure is not unreachable” for Flacco.

113 responses to “Flacco expected to aim for Drew Brees money

  1. Hey, shoot for the moon cause even if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars.

    Oh BTW, $20 million is unrealistic. Take $12-15 and cash the checks ASAP.

  2. 20m for flacco? I guess anything is possible but I’m willing to bet in 2 years ravens will not be happy with that deal.
    I bet they franchise him for a year.

  3. Last season what I was hearing was he was asking for about $17 million. … But he was saying ‘okay fine, let me play this out.’ Now he’s in a position to make big money.

    …yeah… cause 17 million bucks a year isnt quite big money

  4. Ozzie won’t pay Flacco $20 million/year under any circumstances (they’ll just franchise Flacco). Flacco has a career 86 QB rating, which is rather pedestrian. Ozzie recognizes that the team is winning the games (i.e., great defense), not Flacco. Keep in mind that Baltimore departed with Trent Dilfer after winning a super bowl. Ozzie is one of the best GMs in the NFL, and he’s not going to get suckered into paying top 5 money to a mid-tier QB just because the Ravens won a super-bowl. Flacco is solid, but not $20 million/year solid.

  5. I’m a Ravens fan and I love Flacco and love the season he’s had. Absolutely doesn’t get enough credit and because the way our team is built, he hasn’t had to take a lot of risk, and he’s been punished by the media by it, but come on, paying Flacco Drew Brees money is not realistic. Franchise him for $14.5 and see how he plays for another season if this is for real.

  6. These QB’s get these monster contracts, and then their team doesn’t win anymore because they cant afford to surround them with the proper players to assist in winning games.. I understand the desire for as much money as possible, but gese I would gladly sacrifice a couple million out of my 100+ million I’m going to make so that I can surround myself with great personnel and continue to win games!

  7. Give it to him. He beat the best of the best. Ravens are your AFC representative and soon to be superbowl champs. Hate on haters.

  8. Don’t do it Joe; take 12mil and let them spend some money on the rest of the team otherwise you’ll never get back to the Superbowl.

  9. He won’t get it. Breese is the most accurate QB throwing year after year. Flacco is hot and cold. Balt should have signed him before the D and Refs carried them into the deep playoffs.

  10. LOL! Seriously? Only an absolutely desperate moron would pay more than 8-12 million per year for Flacco, even is he WINS the Superbowl! Ray Rice is worth more than Flacco!

    Baltimore – let him walk, and sign Alex Smith for $7 mil per year.

  11. Is Drew Brees even worth Drew Brees money anymore? Flacco is maybe worth a little more than Matt Flynn and Alex Smith Money. He’s an above average QB, but not one of the top 10.

  12. If Flacco plays well in the Super Bowl, and the Ravens win, he’ll get the money for which he’s aiming. If the Ravens win Sunday, Flacco will have as many Super Bowl rings as Drew Brees has, and a better chance at repeating than Brees does.

    If Baltimore wants to keep him, they’ll pay up. There are too many teams out there that lack a quality starter like Flacco who’d be willing to shell out that kind of money for him.

  13. I heard he’s getting the Dilfer treatment. After the super bowl win, ship him off to Seattle to compete for the back up spot and then bring in Alex Smith for a multi-year deal.

  14. Flacco had better worry about surviving the SB. The Niners hit hard when they decide to, and they have probably already decided to.

  15. Eh, I would say $16 mil a year is about right for Flacco. Top 10 QB for sure but I don’t know if he’s worth $20. Heck, I don’t even think Brees is worth that much.

  16. Thats funny. I cant wait to see what other mediocre QB comes out this offseason and claims they are elite and then some how takes their team to the Super Bowl. Two years in a row that an average qb (Eli and Flacco) and then some how takes their team to the Super Bowl. Crazy

  17. flacco is good but not drew brees good.Like one other person said,lets see how he performs in the superbowl and maybe he will get what he is asking for…..MAYBE!!!!!!!!!!

  18. wrenches2pipes says:
    Jan 28, 2013 4:11 PM
    He’s younger and better than Brees . Pay him his $21 million
    ______
    Younger? Yep.
    Better? Really?

    I assume this statement is made on the basis of his championship appearances.
    Do you really think that if Brees had the Ravens defense year after year he would’ve only won one Superbowl?

  19. The Broncos game could have easily gone the other way. If Baltimore had lost that game, half of the analysts would be questioning if Flacco is even the answer.

  20. sizvampire55 says:
    Jan 28, 2013 3:59 PM
    I’m a Ravens fan and I love Flacco and love the season he’s had. Absolutely doesn’t get enough credit and because the way our team is built, he hasn’t had to take a lot of risk, and he’s been punished by the media by it, but come on, paying Flacco Drew Brees money is not realistic. Franchise him for $14.5 and see how he plays for another season if this is for real.
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    I’m a Ravens fan too, but there are a couple important things to keep in mind here. First, Flacco is several years younger than Brees when he signed his deal with the Saints. Second, The franchise value for a quarterback next year is a lot more than $14.5 million (I think it’s closer to $18-19 million). I don’t like the idea of the Ravens tying up so much money in a single player, but if Flacco wins a championship, he’ll have all the leverage in the world over the team. They won’t have much choice but to pay him whatever he’s asking for.

  21. This is all the media’s fault. They put so much emphasis on QBs winning games. When this is a 22 man sport. Joe Flacco is good dont get me wrong but he is not a 20million dollar player. Winning QBs who constantly put up big numbers deserve that kind of money.

  22. Come on Joe go for Michael Vick money. That way next year when you tank the Ravens can opt out and save aome caah.

  23. Super Bowl win or not to put him in the same category as Brees is laughable.Eli Manning has been on 2 Super Bowl winning teams and yet I still think most teams would take Brees over him even though Brees has been on one SB team. Flacco cannot carry a team on his shoulders like a Brees,Brady or Rodgers despite an average/below average defenses. The Ravens have an above average defense.

  24. “He’s now made a case for $20 million a year,” Clayton said. “And I think he’s gonna try to hold to that. Last season what I was hearing was he was asking for about $17 million. … But he was saying ‘okay fine, let me play this out.’ Now he’s in a position to make big money.”

    So, according to Clayton $17 million a year ISN’T big money ??? Geesh.

  25. I find it amusing that everyone seems to think Flacco is looking to get 20M a year when it’s really only been a couple of ESPN analysts who put forth the idea. 20M is a bit much even for a guy with Flacco’s impressive post-season record. If he wins the SB then I could see 16-17M a year, but he won’t get paid like the best QB in the league and I doubt he is even trying to.

    That said, you can’t really bash the guy’s performance. Checkdowns and Hail Mary’s? Go educate yourself. Flacco has been playing at an “elite” level ever since Caldwell took over as OC.

  26. Matt Ryan shreds the 49rs D for as long as he could he still gets no love. As a Falcons fan ill tell you that SF is superior to Atlanta in every way except QB and WR (they arnt far behind). My point is Ryan is about to get a massive contract because he has numbers and wins. Flacco just has wins. His inconstancies on offense are what set Joe back.

  27. I can care less about either but he’s worth MUCH more than the dome-stat compiler.

    – Brees has NEVER won a road playoff game
    – Brees plays in the defensively challenged NFC South
    – Flacco wins playoff games
    – Flacco is still young and is just entering his prime

    QBs that win playoff games, especially those on the road, are worth much more to me as a fan than your stat compilers. My sub-standard reg. season QB is a 2x SB MVP. I’ll take those rings over any of Rodgers 40TD 6 INT seasons any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

  28. Here’s what people don’t get – is Flacco worth half the money of Drew Brees? Of course not. But it’s all about supply and demand.

    Pretend you’re the Ravens. Can you really do better? You’re a perennial double-digit win team. You’re going to be picking in the bottom 2 picks of the 1st round. Is a crappy QB, like 4th or 5th off the board, really going to be better than Joe Flacco?

    You don’t think Arizona would throw Drew Brees money at him? Jacksonville? Buffalo?

    The Ravens really have no choice but to pay Flacco. He’s got them in the best position and they can’t improve on him.

  29. Settle down. Neither Flacco nor his agent has asked for $20M. It’s just the idiot media talking -heads trying to get a story. Carry on.

  30. “Flacco goes deep to Stevie Johnson, the Orchard Park fans go wild! What a pick-up by the Buffalo Bills! Why on earth would Baltimore have let him go! Buffalo beats the Patriots to advance to the 2014 AFC Championship!!!”………that’s all I remember? And then I woke up.

  31. Ozzie will offer him a reasonable deal, as he’s top-five-seven QB and the game is slowing down for him after five years. People have to remember, Flacco came from Delaware, not exactly a football powerhouse. He had all the natural talent to be a great quarterback, can deliver the football to any point on the field, at from almost any distance, it’s just that he didn’t have the coaching to fully harness his potential.

    Cam Cameron’s offense with constant safe throws to the sideline and RB-as-the-only-hot read a good fit for him for the first few seasons, but he hit his ceiling in that scheme in 2010. Now, with better receivers, more experience and Caldwell calling plays him, plus his experience. Look at the last couple games, the Ravens are actually throwing the football across the middle, attacking safeties down the seams, wheels routes, well-DESIGNED screens.

  32. The Ravens are a solid team, but I think Flacco is the weakest link. If they had Drew Brees at the helm they would have been to/won a Super Bowl or two in the last 5 years.

  33. $17m vs. $20m?

    Somewhere in between sounds about right.

    19 or 19.5 with a win. 18 or 18.5 with a loss.

    He did enough just getting here to warrant a bump from $17m.

  34. 20 for this guy is less ridiculous than the 15-17 revis is gonna want. A qb you can make the Super Bowl with is someone to keep around. At least 15 mil a year should be expected, no?

  35. normdogg:”The Ravens are a solid team, but I think Flacco is the weakest link. If they had Drew Brees at the helm they would have been to/won a Super Bowl or two in the last 5 years.”

    That may be true for the first couple years of Flacco’s career, but you have to remember he has only been in the league for 5 years. Of course he isn’t going to be Drew Brees as a rookie.

    The fact is the Ravens are more than just a “solid team”. They have made the playoffs and won games in the playoffs for 5 straight years. A large part of the credit has to go to the QB. He was a dropped ball (perfect pass by the way) to reaching the SB last year and led his team on an improbable playoff run once again. The Ravens are in SB 47 because of Flacco, not in spite of him.

  36. I don’t think Aaron Rodgers is going to get Drew Brees money, and he inhabits a different world of QB skill than Flacco. I see Flacco as a $15 million per year kind of guy.

  37. I thought the hailmary against Denver was the biggest one I’ve ever seen associated with Flacco…until I read this.

  38. As a Ravens fan, if he wants to cripple our cap to stay, I say let him go – superbowl or not. Don’t want this to be a one man team for the duration of his career.

  39. Here’s what people don’t get – is Flacco worth half the money of Drew Brees? Of course not. But it’s all about supply and demand.

    Pretend you’re the Ravens. Can you really do better? You’re a perennial double-digit win team. You’re going to be picking in the bottom 2 picks of the 1st round. Is a crappy QB, like 4th or 5th off the board, really going to be better than Joe Flacco?

    You don’t think Arizona would throw Drew Brees money at him? Jacksonville? Buffalo?

    The Ravens really have no choice but to pay Flacco. He’s got them in the best position and they can’t improve on him.

    the ravens can just franchise him for 2 years while they develop another QB that find in the draft.

    paying flacco $18+mil would set the ravens back for years because he is not an elite QB.

  40. Lets try 14 million, really what has he done. 1 good season doesnt warrant this big of pay day. It was only half the season , good luck Joe.

  41. What a joke! 20 MILLION for 16 games. There are people starving in this country/children that need a proper education and we think it’s not out of the question to pay someone 20 MILLION dollars to through a football around! Has this country gone that mad?

  42. hes gonna “peyton manning” the ravens if he gets 20 mill a year, wont be able to build a complete team around him cause he is using up a quarter of the teams cap money just on him alone

  43. If they give him that kind of money, Baltimore is going to have to cut, or let a lot of other free agents walk. They are already over the cap for next year. PIT and BAL, have really put themselves in terrible cap position, while Cleveland and Cincy have the most amount of cap space in the league. I see new tides rolling through.

  44. Best thing that could happen to every other team in the division is the Ravens dump $20mm into this one off chump. I’d like to see it around $50mm/yr all guaranteed for 15 years.

  45. Flacco bet on himself and won. If Bmore doesn’t want to pay him, I’m sure someone else will. His arm strength is amazing.

  46. Flacco’s a decent qb and has had alotta success in the playoffs but my main man Drew had what would normally be a career ending injury, signed with my Saints and turned one of the most snakebit teams in NFL history around and helped them win a superbowl, and rewrites the record book nearly every time he touches the field. Not to mention the work he did rebuilding New Orleans through his charity after Katrina. All Flacco has done is win a few playoff games and cry about the media. Better just take what you can get and be happy with it Joe lol……you ain’t no Drew Brees

  47. ravenator says:
    Jan 28, 2013 4:00 PM
    Give it to him. He beat the best of the best. Ravens are your AFC representative and soon to be superbowl champs. Hate on haters.

    16 113 Glad I am not the only one who finds this post to be another stupid post by the same person.

    Give Flacco his money and a lot so the cap becomes an issue.

  48. Whoever brings up the “starving children in Africa” argument against paying big salaries deserves to starve themselves for bringing absolutely NOTHING to the debate.

  49. Here’s the problem with getting Brees money … It’s a team sport … Giving the qb a good chunk of the TEAM salary cap … handicaps your team.

  50. Joe Flacco has some of the worst advanced stats in the league. I’m surprised on how many buffoons dont realize this dude’s passing rating comes from throwing 3 yard dumpoff passes to Ray Rice, and watching him run for 80. A QB, who gets outgunned by Charlie Batch at home while facing a 38 year old defense while both teams were still fighting for division title, is not worth $25 mil a year. No way, no how. Yes, ravens fans that is one game, but Flacco’s resume is full of duds like that. He is worth 12, give him 15 for the super bowl run.

  51. This is what the Ravens should do.

    Franchise Flacco. Then hold a Flacco auction to the highest bidder.

    Chiefs, Jets, Bills, Cards will all throw at least 1st rounders to the Ravens.

    But here’s the key. Don’t ask for this year’s 1st rounder (this QB class sucks), but rather next year’s. Then sign an FA like Alex Smith to hold you over till next year for Johnny Football (you know all those teams will still suck with Flacco, so the Ravens will have two first rounder and one most likely in the top 5).

    Done and Done.

  52. What decade is this that people are still using words like “haters” and “hate on”? Is In Living Color back on the air? Oh, I get it: it’s the Ravens fans still stuck back in time when they won the SB.

  53. Ozzie is a pretty clever fellow. I figure they will franchise him then sign him down the line to a 17mil type contract. When the best offer he’d get elsewhere is probably 20 I doubt the difference will be enough for him to pack his bags for another city.

  54. I’m a life long Ravens fan and I must let those of you who don’t watch them regularly that almost every bad thing you believe about Flacco is Cam Cameron. In my 18+ years as a football fan I have never seen anyone misuse their tools so completely or call more obvious plays. On offense the game is about deception and Cameron has sent more telegraphs in the past 5 years then the post office.

  55. gabefergy says: Jan 28, 2013 5:01 PM

    The fact is the Ravens are more than just a “solid team”. They have made the playoffs and won games in the playoffs for 5 straight years. A large part of the credit has to go to the QB. He was a dropped ball (perfect pass by the way) to reaching the SB last year and led his team on an improbable playoff run once again. The Ravens are in SB 47 because of Flacco, not in spite of him.

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    You remember the Lee Evans drop… ONE PLAY. You fail to remember how horribly Flacco played against a mediocre defense the entire first half and most of the 3rd quarter.

    And while Flacco has played brilliantly these last 3 games… let’s not kid ourselves. The defense showed up and put a whooping on Peyton Manning’s Broncos. And they own Tom Brady even when he’s helped by the officials.

    If it wasn’t for the Special Teams and Brendan “too concerned about gay marraige” Ayanbadejo giving up two return touchdowns against the Broncos… you can truly appreciate what the Ravens defense did to Peyton Manning’s offense. But you look like someone who only goes off stats, and doesn’t even realize what really happened in the games.

  56. Flacco was asking for $17 Million per year last season, and Baltimore balked at that amount, because he hadn’t earned it with his inconsistent play.

    He’s played well enough in the 2nd half to merit discussion at that $17 Million number…especially if he sees it through and wins the Super Bowl.

    Even if this talk from the media about $20 Million per is coming from the Flacco camp, and not just speculation, that is their starting point for negotiation, not the name inked on a contract.

  57. Flacco wins big games….He is an elite QB who can win in the stretch. Nobody deserves 20 mil per year, but in a big game who would you rather have Flacco or Peyton?

  58. Joe needs to win the Super Bowl, first before getting a Drew Breez contract. Drew Breez has a championship, Joe doesn’t…yet.

  59. I wish one one of these teams would be smart enough to tell someone like Flacco to not let the door hit him in the butt.

    The guy is no Brees, Rodgers or Brady.

  60. I would not say this is a rigged Super Bowl…BUT what are the chances two brothers meet head to head and RAY just happens to be on his way out! Sounds like good ratings for the networks!

  61. “There are people starving in this country/children that need a proper education and we think it’s not out of the question to pay someone 20 MILLION dollars to through a football around?”

    But it’s OK for the owners to make BILLIONS off the players who are then injured for the rest of their lives?

  62. I’m pretty sure owner aren’t making BILLIONS and if a player gets hurt! You made the call to pursue that profession. I would say your a bit better off then some veterans that come home with a missing arm our leg.

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