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Flacco could give Ravens a break with structure, not amount

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As the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco attempt to work out a long-term deal before the March 4 deadline for applying the franchise tag to the Super Bowl MVP, it sounds like Flacco won’t be willing to give his team a hometown discount.

Instead, any breaks given to the Ravens will be accomplished via the structure of the deal.  That’s what agent Joe Linta said during a recent appearance on PFT Live.

“I would say to you, of the other 52 players on the roster, how many of the other 52 [took less money]?” said Linta, who has argued Flacco should be the highest-paid quarterback in the league.  “Do you work with [the Ravens] in terms of structure to help them out?  Absolutely.  But like I said, we all took risks.  And I don’t think anybody was gonna feel sorry for Joe if he turned down a contract in July and didn’t have a great year and now was faced with less than what we’re talking about.  Look, there’s risk on both sides, and somebody could be saying to the Ravens, ‘Hey, don’t you think it’s worth sacrificing some areas of your team to keep your franchise quarterback?’  There’s arguments on both sides, believe me.”

So the goal, as Linta explained it, is to “be creative with the contract to get what you want and structure so that it helps the Ravens and doesn’t put them in a bad place cap-wise.”

Last year, for example, a long-term deal for Saints quarterback Drew Brees dropped his cap number from $16.37 million to $10.4 million, and it delayed any dramatic jump in Brees’ cap number until 2015, when the new TV money to be paid in 2014 affects the cap.  With the Ravens facing a cap number of more than $20 million for Flacco as of the start of the new league year on March 12, a long-term deal that cuts more than $6 million from Flacco’s cap number could be the difference between keep or losing one or more key players.

Of course, the cap number the Ravens are actually facing for Flacco will depend on the level of the franchise tag they plan to use.  The Ravens could try to bluff Flacco and Linta by suggesting that they’ll use the non-exclusive tag ($14.6 million) and match whatever offer another team may make.  But if another team crafts a contract with a gigantic 2013 cap number and a willingness to give up two first-round draft picks, the Super Bowl MVP could be changing addresses.

Stranger things have happened.  And it’ll be up to the Ravens to prevent Flacco from playing for, say, the Chiefs.  Or the Cardinals.

Or the Browns.  That’s a development which would have more than a few Ravens fans wanting to be sedated, something Flacco’s new pal Marky Ramone could possibly arrange.

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78 Responses to “Flacco could give Ravens a break with structure, not amount”
  1. 2jivecrew says: Feb 8, 2013 8:54 PM

    Flacco’s agent really needs to shut his mouth. He’s giving a running clinic called “How to make a client as unlikable as possible”.

  2. trevor123698 says: Feb 8, 2013 8:56 PM

    I can’t wait to find out what happens this offseason. Dwayne Bowe or Greg jennings to the Pats is the prize to me

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 8, 2013 8:56 PM

    I think he’s definitely moved into the Top 10 QB’s in the league with this years playoff performance.

  4. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 8, 2013 8:57 PM

    I would laugh and call him a bust, but that label has already been established.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 8, 2013 8:57 PM

    When you have a couple guys named Joe Flacco and Joe Linta “negotiating” with you, you start out by hoping they won’t kill you.

  6. ravensallday2012 says: Feb 8, 2013 8:58 PM

    He’s doing what every agent does. Getting the most money for there client. Pay the man.

  7. jets13 says: Feb 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    Look, I don’t personally like Joe Flacco…..but his agent is 100% right….

    If Joe came out and had a sub-par year….we’d all be saying “hey, you should have signed that contract”…….instead, he went out and won the superbowl (MVP)

    He deserves to get paid……maybe not top QB money, but he should sacrifice anything for the well being of a team who put themselves in a horrible cap situation.

  8. bigboysmash says: Feb 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    all the agent cares about is his cut. that’s why he is tying to get the most money so that he can get a larger portion of the contract.

  9. htimsr40 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:00 PM

    Let’s see how Flacco likes playing the next five years in Cleveland if the Ravens do give him a non-exclusive tag and accept a couple of first round picks in exchange. He will have his money … and absolutely Zero Chance of ever being a winner again.

  10. moerawn says: Feb 8, 2013 9:02 PM

    Who cares about Flacco? What is our hero Ray Lewis doing? Flacco ain’t got no statue.

  11. braven4evr says: Feb 8, 2013 9:04 PM

    His agent keeps saying he will not negotiate in the press but he never stops talking to the press about Joe’s contract! At least he’s talking and not Joe!

  12. thestatsishere says: Feb 8, 2013 9:05 PM

    His agent gives great points, but the Ravens front office can’t just give him all of his money. The salary cap makes it impossible to make generous moves like that.

    Flacco, just take a paycut. What can you buy with 100+ million that you can’t buy with 50-60?

  13. tjzoo says: Feb 8, 2013 9:10 PM

    Flacco deserves a new contract… Drew Brees money meh i dont think so.

  14. eatitfanboy says: Feb 8, 2013 9:11 PM

    Really? No one is going to ask? Am I the only person who doesn’t know who the hell that guy in the picture with Flacco is?

  15. TeamBalco says: Feb 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    Lol! Won’t happen. How does 120 million over 5 years sound?

  16. fuglyflorio says: Feb 8, 2013 9:29 PM

    Big contracts kill teams’ chances. He may get his money … but that will be the end for whatever team signs him.

  17. raidernation7589 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:32 PM

    I think the salary cap should only apply to free agents, a team should not be punished for being able to nail their draft picks, the salary cap should be adjusted to only include free agents

  18. FinFan68 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:37 PM

    I don’t think it would be a bluff. Non exclusive tag. Keep the 2 first rounders and go after Alex Smith for 10 million while saving money and adding potential playmaker. Flacco is good but not 20 million/yr good.

  19. ravanator says: Feb 8, 2013 9:40 PM

    Who cares? Flacco is like a turd that won’t flush. No matter how bad he is, the media still gives him attention!

  20. bradford08 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:42 PM

    Please tell me the dude in the picture that looks like an over the hill rock star isn’t his agent.

  21. legeisyaj says: Feb 8, 2013 9:48 PM

    Ravens brass should (and likely will) pay flacco enough to make him a top 5 earner. But any more than that and I don’t think it’s worth it. Flacco (and that agent) are fools if they continue with the “should be highest paid guy” talk. And the ravens should make a fair top tier top 5 offer structured to not kill them cap-wise. If flacco passes he is a moron…and I don’t think the guy is.

  22. annes22 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:52 PM

    Top Qb in the league by his agent, excuse me NO WAY he is. His agent needs to shut his mouth and work out a deal, and move on. Can’t wait to see what happens if they can’t sign Bolden. He retires and the Ravens move on without him, that would be a tragedy, he won the Super Bowl for them.

  23. fullsharkalligator says: Feb 8, 2013 10:02 PM

    “all the agent cares about is his cut. that’s why he is tying to get the most money so that he can get a larger portion of the contract.”

    Why should he care about anything else anyway? That’s why they hire agents.

  24. doe22us says: Feb 8, 2013 10:13 PM

    Wait is that the agent in the pic, looks like a 70′s rock star lol.

  25. skiss68 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:19 PM

    Why is this guy negotiating through the media? Has this clown ever done a big deal before? Nobody cares how it gets done but u need to do it behind closed doors and not in front of a microPhone!

  26. ripster65 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:20 PM

    and then again…maybe not

  27. jessethegreat says: Feb 8, 2013 10:21 PM

    The ravens would be stupid to use the exclusive tag. Just allow a terrible team (browns cardinals etc) to sign flacco and fork over two high 1st round picks.

    With the new rookie contracts given out, the ravens could realistically pay both 1sts theyd receive if flacco left and their first round pick LESS than flacco would make per year. Call their bluff Ozzie!

  28. phreakin says: Feb 8, 2013 10:31 PM

    Was his agent the keyboard player in White Lion?

  29. st1llerz1 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:34 PM

    Please, please, please hurry up and pay flaccid top-5 money. That will officially close the door on this franchise being relevant for the next 7 or 8 years.

    Enjoy the Lombardi luckimore! It’s the last one you’ll see for another 12 years or so.

    Sincerely,

    The rest of the AFCN

  30. donny1rodriguez says: Feb 8, 2013 10:36 PM

    Shoot for two 1st rounders let him walk

  31. dannymac17 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:48 PM

    To be fair, Flacco’s isue were never in the playoffs but more of the slumps during the regular season.

    I see the poise he has and I despise the Ravens. Some years they made the playoffs cause of him, this year being one.

    He literally put the team on his back when Rice did his best Houdini impression.

  32. ducksouped says: Feb 8, 2013 10:55 PM

    love reading all these braindead steelers fans on here. You’re all so bitter! Just sit back and enjoy Baltimore as superbowl champions! Your old, slow, and barely finished at 500. I’d hate life as well. Again, enjoy it…

  33. brownstain says: Feb 8, 2013 10:58 PM

    “Shoot for two 1st rounders let him walk.” Really? After the Ravens spent how many years trying to find a franchise quarterback?

  34. brownstain says: Feb 8, 2013 11:00 PM

    I’ll trade Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi for Ozzie Newsome. C’mon Ravens fans – that’s two for the price of one.

  35. dartwick says: Feb 8, 2013 11:07 PM

    I dont begrudge Flacco getting the most money he can.

    But Im tired of hearing his agent brag about his demands.

  36. slippery1 says: Feb 8, 2013 11:11 PM

    It’s Marky Ramone in the pic, read the story.

  37. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 8, 2013 11:22 PM

    “70′s rock star”? Don’t you guys know a 30′s rock star when you see one?

  38. profootballwalk says: Feb 8, 2013 11:25 PM

    “bigboysmash says: Feb 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    all the agent cares about is his cut. that’s why he is tying to get the most money so that he can get a larger portion of the contract.”
    **********************************************

    That’s the point, Goober. But then burger flippers don’t have agents, do you?

  39. juliath83 says: Feb 8, 2013 11:38 PM

    Some of you can’t read. The guy in the pic is Marky Ramone, you know, of the Ramones, of which Florio made a reference at the end of the article. Sheesh, 3rd grade reading levels, all of you.

  40. starchybunker says: Feb 8, 2013 11:58 PM

    for everyone asking about the guy in the picture w/Flacco:

    “That’s a development which would have more than a few Ravens fans wanting to be sedated, something Flacco’s new pal Marky Ramone could possibly arrange.”

    Reading Is FUNdamental…

  41. crusty14 says: Feb 9, 2013 12:02 AM

    It looks like Phil spectre in the picture with him!

  42. markpark64 says: Feb 9, 2013 12:11 AM

    Google Marky Ramone to learn who is in the picture

  43. z0inks says: Feb 9, 2013 12:21 AM

    Hey, Joe…..you guys hurry up and get this contract done. Twisted Sister needs their drummer back.

  44. thehuckster404 says: Feb 9, 2013 12:23 AM

    How well can Tyrod Taylor run the read-option?

  45. ravenmuscle says: Feb 9, 2013 12:49 AM

    The Ravens will sign Joe to a long term deal. They will also extend Anquan Boldin.
    They will have cap room to keep Danell Ellerbe.
    The Steelers will NEVER win anything in the AFC North because of the Long term deal they gave to Ben who is washed up after getting his shoulder destroyed.
    The huge mistake was locking up Big Ben which only ENSURED many more superbowls for Baltimore and Joe Flacco.

    All Ben does now is throw interceptions at the end of games to guarantee Steeler losses.

  46. vacaver says: Feb 9, 2013 1:03 AM

    I think Flacco’s agent is Paul Stanley from KISS. Rock on, Joe! \m/

  47. eagleaniac says: Feb 9, 2013 1:10 AM

    I hope it’s for real. They all make a lot of money. I would hope it would be about the rings. Give your team money to keep the other pieces in place to get another one!

  48. midwestwarrior says: Feb 9, 2013 1:11 AM

    you can tell that flacco was playing on painkillers throughout the entire playoffs,just by seeing his demeanor and not being nervous etc, same thing tom brady uses and favre used for years. they need to drug test for vicodin also because that is how flacco played so calm and collect all playoffs, he was doped up all playoffs and anybody with a clue knows it

  49. 6thsense79 says: Feb 9, 2013 1:18 AM

    bigboysmash says:Feb 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    all the agent cares about is his cut. that’s why he is tying to get the most money so that he can get a larger portion of the contract.
    ————
    OMG! An agent trying to get the most money he can get for his client? Absolutely shocking.

  50. kingpel says: Feb 9, 2013 1:24 AM

    Call me crazy, but I dont think many teams are going to offer Flacco top 5 QB money. I may have to roll the dice on this one.

  51. boogerhut says: Feb 9, 2013 1:50 AM

    Is that one of the dudes from Spinal Tap?

  52. pongonfl says: Feb 9, 2013 3:12 AM

    Hes a franchise qb, pay him what the bears franchise qb gets

  53. sportsnut101 says: Feb 9, 2013 3:27 AM

    I would take the 2 first round picks n get Alex smith in a trade problem solved. If u gonna hassle between 16 n 20 mill a yr should be simple 18 mil it is

    All those playoffs games he won let’s not forget the def really won it. Baltimore off just looked crappy

  54. lostsok says: Feb 9, 2013 5:30 AM

    Why is Joe Flacco posing with Todd Rundgren?

  55. kgsmith says: Feb 9, 2013 5:50 AM

    And I thought Joey ramone was dead..

  56. mhs8031 says: Feb 9, 2013 6:39 AM

    Flacco is above average, not elite. The reason he played well was due to the OL switch before the playoffs. Period. Nice adjustment.

    He deserves a contract around $15 million per season over 6 years.

    If that is his agent, I can say with fairly confident certainty that he is a self-promoting attention hound.

  57. mhs8031 says: Feb 9, 2013 6:44 AM

    ravanator says:Feb 8, 2013 9:40 PM

    Who cares? Flacco is like a turd that won’t flush. No matter how bad he is, the media still gives him attention!
    ——————— ————————

    Really? I have never seen coverage of a turd that won’t flush. I need to reead more.

    The agent is trying to strike while the iron is hot. Flacco is a good player. not an elite one. Eli Manning is better, and he is a bit overrated.

  58. dh4321 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:44 AM

    All of you asking who the guy is in the picture clearly didn’t read the article. He’s one of the Ramones. Read the article again.

  59. ravenator says: Feb 9, 2013 7:58 AM

    Haha, these Steeler fans are so jealous. Don’t hate, appreciate.

  60. CKL says: Feb 9, 2013 8:01 AM

    “I would say to you, of the other 52 players on the roster, how many of the other 52 [took less money]?” said Linta, who has argued Flacco should be the highest-paid quarterback in the league.
    ___________________________________
    Not an honest point. No other position has a top earner making 20 mill/yr either.

    Pretty sure Flacco wouldn’t like to see his receiver corps back at 2010 & before status. QB is a very, very dependent position. Yes the elite guys make guys around them better. But if you gave me a choice of top 5 contract and more money to put talent around me and the absolute best contract but talent around me suffers, I’d take the former all day. It’s a team sport and one man bands don’t win championships. Now if all one is interested in is money, go for it. But I don’t want to hear those guys or their agents EVER complain about the talent level around them.

  61. flyingvien says: Feb 9, 2013 8:22 AM

    It’s Marky Ramone, drummer from the Ramones.

  62. jlv3gem says: Feb 9, 2013 8:33 AM

    I’m a big Flacco fan. Love his game, love his demeanor. Excellent player. He’s a quiet and pretty humble guy-from what I’ve seen from him. On the other hand, his agent is not. This Linta guy is always running his mouth. He’s making his client look bad, to me at least.

    Joe Linta, shut up bro.

  63. crusty14 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:49 AM

    I think that dude is Phil Spectre! The murdering record producer

  64. chattanola says: Feb 9, 2013 8:55 AM

    Am I the only person who doesn’t know who the hell that guy in the picture with Flacco is?

    For those who don’t know, the guy pictured with Flacco is one of the original members of Spinal Tap, who dropped out before the band rose to fame.

    He has found moderate success as a sports agent.

  65. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 9:05 AM

    crusty14 says:
    Feb 9, 2013 8:49 AM
    I think that dude is Phil Spectre! The murdering record producer

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    Must be Ray told Flacco about his friend in crime.

  66. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 9, 2013 9:05 AM

    ..nice picture of Flacco and his boyfriend.

  67. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Feb 9, 2013 9:25 AM

    Pay up you fools. Pay and suffer salary cap hell for the next ten years. In the words of Bart Scott…”Can’t Wait!!!”

  68. scoobies05 says: Feb 9, 2013 9:30 AM

    midwest warrior needs to meet reality

  69. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 9:38 AM

    Haha, these Steeler fans are so jealous. Don’t hate, appreciate.

    Jealous of what? We don’t hate and we don’t emulate, but we do appreciate your obsession with us….makes us feel wanted and all warm and fuzzy…lmao

  70. scoobies05 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:18 AM

    and there you go again…posting on ravens related threads hoping people dont forget about your team. sad so sad

  71. sandy102270 says: Feb 9, 2013 12:09 PM

    Steeler fans are predictable.

    Pre-SB 47:

    “Flacco sucks.”
    “You’ll never win with Flacco”
    “Your obsession with us is hysterical.”

    Post SB 47:

    “Enjoy salary cap hell.”
    “Flacco’s lucky not good.”
    “Your obsession with us is hysterical.”

    And the whole time, they fail to realize that everything they are saying applies more to their own team of choice.

    Is that irony? Or is it karma?

    Either way, they’ll trot out rings the franchise won before most of them were born.

    Like I said, predictable.

  72. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Feb 9, 2013 12:10 PM

    That’s Joe and Mrs. Flacco in the picture.

  73. thraiderskin says: Feb 9, 2013 12:22 PM

    I hope the Raven’s sign him to a rediculous contract, lord knows above-par QBs should be paid like gods, so when the owners have a chance to back-out of the CBA they have every reason to. Inflation in the NFL is absolutely insane. You simple can not expect the value of individuals in a product to rise faster than the people who pour money into the coffers can muster.

  74. gogatorsjohn says: Feb 9, 2013 12:47 PM

    He says it on the article. It’s Marky Ramone. A member of the old rock band The Ramones…not his agent.

  75. redpillmindstate says: Feb 9, 2013 1:22 PM

    Please pay Flaaco market value so the Ravens won’t be able to field a team that can make it through AFC north division play… Amen

  76. noring4youstill says: Feb 9, 2013 3:36 PM

    One day teams will just have to say no. A mid pack QB thinks he deserves Manning money.

  77. bostonbias says: Feb 9, 2013 5:07 PM

    I hope the Ravens pull a Colt move and move to LA…would that be justice or what..lol

  78. rnaknight11709 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    This is ridiculous I do not think Flacco is worth 20 million a year. Don’t get me wrong I am a Ravens fan and I like Flacco but he is too inconsistant to pay him that kind of money. Besides he has only been in the league 5 years and he has not proved himself to be worth of that kind of money Super Bowl MVP or not. He and his agent are just being greedy and if thats the way they want to be I say cut him as much as I would like to keep him on the team but what kind of team will there be if they dish out that kind of money to him. Not a very good one.

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