Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has a message for any Ravens fans worried about quarterback Joe Flacco’s expiring contract.
Have faith in General Manager Ozzie Newsome.
During an appearance on the NFL Network, Bisciotti made it clear that he had faith in Newsome to work things out so that Flacco remains in Baltimore. While a long-term deal would probably be everyone’s preference, Bisciotti said that he trusted Newsome to make the right call for the team.
I read yesterday that Peyton Manning went two years under the franchise tag before they finally got his long-term deal. So that’s for Ozzie and his agent to figure out,” Bisciotti said. “Joe and I kind of sit on the sideline and we tease about it a little bit. We really don’t get that involved in it. I trust Ozzie, it’s always been done. They asked me about this with Ray Rice. They asked me about this with Haloti Ngata and on down the line and we’ve always signed them. So Joe’s going to be here. Trust in Ozzie.”
If reports that Flacco is looking for “Drew Brees money” prove true, the prospect of using the franchise tag might become more realistic since those negotiations would likely take a while. That might not be ideal for the Ravens in terms of their overall cap picture, but it remains clear Flacco isn’t going anywhere.