As impressive as his deep ball skills, Joe Flacco’s ability to keep discussion of his contract situation at arm’s length is exceptional.
While the looming contract negotiations for a quarterback in the Super Bowl have the potential to be a huge storyline, it has barely moved the needle in New Orleans.
Much of that is because Flacco himself has taken a low-key approach, refusing to make it an issue.
There were talks last summer, but when they weren’t fruitful, they were tabled until this offseason, when his rookie contract expires.
“Well, it’s real simple: We didn’t agree on a number and I didn’t really care to discuss it any further once it got to that point,” Flacco said Thursday, via the Baltimore Sun. “And the bottom line is I’m not the guy going up to their offices negotiating with them every day. It was really never a concern of mine and I never even thought about it. In the offseason, you think about it a little bit. They’re really all good thoughts. It’s a good problem to have and be talking about.”
The other reason there’s no cause for alarm is that he’s not going anywhere. The Ravens can use the franchise tag on him for $14.6 million, and certainly would if they don’t reach a long-term deal before then.