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Flacco contract talks with Ravens to pick up this week

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We may know sooner rather than later about the Ravens’ plans for Joe Flacco, as talks this week toward a long-term deal will give an indication of how things stand for the Super Bowl MVP’s future in Baltimore.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, agent Joe Linta and Ravens negotiator Pat Moriarity are meeting this week in Baltimore to work on the deal.

Trying to work out a long-term contract is a key for the Ravens, as neither of their franchise-tag options are perfect.

The exclusive franchise tag would keep other teams away, but cost them more than $20 million against a salary cap that’s flat this year, and likely cost them one of the young free agents (such as Dannell Ellerbe, or Paul Kruger) that they’d prefer to retain.

The normal franchise tag is $14.6 million, and would net them two first-round picks if they chose to not match another team’s deal. That creates an element of risk that a desperate team with cap space (cough, Cleveland, cough) might make a run at Flacco.

With the Ravens projected to be $5 million over the salary cap as of Friday, the bigger number would create its own set of complications.

But with talks starting soon, they’ll at least know where they stand come the combine, when the league gathers to pre-tamper with free agents prior to the official tampering period.

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22 Responses to “Flacco contract talks with Ravens to pick up this week”
  1. heartless85 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:53 AM

    Flacco to Kansas City!

  2. deceman20 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:56 AM

    Joe Cool is about to get paid

  3. rockthered1286 says: Feb 11, 2013 8:36 AM

    Rest assure KC, Cleveland, Arizona, Buffalo, or any other team without a competent QB- Joe is not going anywhere. His heart is in Baltimore (even said so post-SB interview), he has great chemistry with his receivers, and on the flip side, after suffering through years of Tony Banks, Trent Dilfer, Elvis Grbac, Kyle Boller, Troy Smith… this town finally found a franchise QB and will not be letting him walk. It’s contract or exclusive tag. No chance Steve, Oz and Moriarity roll the dice here.

  4. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Feb 11, 2013 8:58 AM

    Flacco just look dumb. I don’t think there is much going on up there. He will never be a leader. It’s just not in his make up. He is more of the quiet guy than a rah rah guy. But hey, blow 20 million on the guy and watch your team fall apart. He is really NOT THAT GOOD

  5. sportsnut101 says: Feb 11, 2013 9:14 AM

    He’s Trent differ 2.0 I would not give him 20 mill a yr sorry u could franchise with exclusive tag if he doesn’t sign contract for this yr which he will no1 walks out of 20 mill for a yr Just like last yr Bree’s held out cuz one yr deal not good enough. Like serious just put in contract if u hold out u will be suspended without pay n last yr of contract is void make the last yr the 19 mill a yr so can’t walk away

  6. burds358 says: Feb 11, 2013 9:19 AM

    Flacco just look dumb. I don’t think there is much going on up there. He will never be a leader. It’s just not in his make up. He is more of the quiet guy than a rah rah guy. But hey, blow 20 million on the guy and watch your team fall apart. He is really NOT THAT GOOD

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    We need to work on your English proficiency, sir.

  7. ravenator says: Feb 11, 2013 9:20 AM

    steeler fans talking about a QB not being good? One won a superbowl MVP while the other threw back to back pick 6 performances to lead his team to an 8-8 record and miss the playoffs entirely. Ya, makes a lot of sense. If Flacco is “not that good” then Ben is horrible…and a violator of little girls in bathroom stalls.

  8. mike62679 says: Feb 11, 2013 9:28 AM

    Gotta love all the Flacco-haters out there. If he gets a $100 million, 5 year contract. He’ll TIE…that’s TIE … Michael Vick’s contract (you know the dog killer) who has a playoff win and never finished a full season in the NFL and he’ll finally surpass Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan in salary who finally got a playoff win after 5 years.

    Ha, yeah obviously he doesn’t deserve the big money like Vick and Ryan pull in.

  9. josephgattuso says: Feb 11, 2013 9:41 AM

    Yeah you’re right, only rah rah guys can lead.

    Johnny Unitas.

  10. tomtravis76 says: Feb 11, 2013 10:08 AM

    Both sides know what the other can afford while keeping together a roster that allows them to focus on the Road to the Jersey Bowl.

    Ellerbee is the guy they need to focus on if it comes down to Paul v Daniel.

  11. mizzousooner says: Feb 11, 2013 10:17 AM

    I gotta believe Flacco and the Ravens come to some sort of agreement. They can’t let him get away unless they decide to rebuild, which is doubtful.

    That said, Flacco may play hardball on the $ figure. It’s possible he may feel disrespected after not getting a new deal last year when it was obvious he wanted one. Plus he’s had team mates make fun of him on TV and such. Unibrow, really? LOL!

  12. ravensfan8780 says: Feb 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    That said, Flacco may play hardball on the $ figure. It’s possible he may feel disrespected after not getting a new deal last year when it was obvious he wanted one

    Ravens offered him a long term deal last season 16 million I think he turned it down thinking he should get 20 million a season. Flacco had a great post season I will admit and maybe he’ll be better under Caldwell next season but let’s not forget before the playoffs there questions about what the Ravens would do with Flacco because of his inconsistent play. I still think 16 mil is more than fair and if Flacco hadn’t have played lights out in the playoffs I think he would have gotten the tag only to see if he’s really the starter with Caldwell getting a whole season as OC.

  13. ravenscaps48 says: Feb 11, 2013 10:44 AM

    Pay the man

  14. eflem80 says: Feb 11, 2013 10:45 AM

    Flacco will and should get paid. Out of his 5 year career he’s only had a “good” WR group his last two years. With that he gave the Ravens a trip to a conference championship last year and a SB win this year. They need to keep Ellerbe…that should be a no brainer. Kruger is good but but the REAL reason for his second half of the season success was really due to the return of Suggs on the opposite side. Even not at a 100% Suggs still required the kind of attention that allowed Kruger to get free on QB’s. To me, the bigger issue here is their ability to retain Bolden after signing Flacco. Losing him would be a big….big mistake.

  15. dbones750 says: Feb 11, 2013 10:46 AM

    Ughh…”only rah rah guys can lead”….

    This again? Eli Manning, anyone?

  16. yyyass says: Feb 11, 2013 11:44 AM

    As for the rah-rah stuff: J Ogden complained that Flacco eschewed a leadership role. It just wasn’t in his make-up. Johnny U led through resolve and intimidation. Flacco is nothing like Johnny Unitas. Now maybe with Ray Lewis leaving, Flacco is stepping up somewhat, since Lewis even bank-handed Flacco a compliment in the press after the Denver game by saying Flacco finally “grew up”. Flacco had dropped to 25th this year, after dropping from 14th to 18th the prior two seasons. I just don’t think you risk top-3 money to be left without enough top-tier pieces to make up for Flacco if he slides back to mediocrity while being paid like a #1. It will wreck the team. Even IFR he’s a legit #1, there is a point of diminishing returns on top QB salaries when you have no one left to play with them.

  17. riggo08 says: Feb 11, 2013 12:10 PM

    The “experts” say Flacco isn’t elite. Who cares. Look at his resume:

    -Hasn’t missed a start in his whole NFL career
    -Multiple division championships
    -Led his team to the playoffs every year and has won a playoff game every year.
    -3 AFC championship game appearances
    -Superbowl champion

    To the people who like fantasy football he’s not elite. Too Ravens fans like myself, keep up what you are doing Joe because wins and championships count. He will be a Raven for at least another 5 years!

  18. steelerben says: Feb 11, 2013 12:37 PM

    Even though he has been inconsistent in the regular season, he has proven the ability to win in the playoffs. That’s a pretty big deal. The previous seasons credit went more to the defense winning the games and Flacco not losing them. This year the Ravens defense was lackluster and a lot of it was squarely on the shoulders of #5.

    That being said, is it worth spending 20 million out of 120 in cap on *any* player. Is Manning worth it in Denver or Brady in New England? Is Brees worth it in New Orleans? They all watched the Super Bowl from the same place as myself (and my beloved Steelers).

    It is hard to maintain a competitive team with all the money tied up in a couple players. If Flacco is willing to backload his contract until TV money kicks in and spread a signing bonus out of six years to save the team from cap issues it might make it easier for the Ravens to pay him.

    At the end of the day we will see how much his “heart is in Baltimore” once the dollars are all laid on the table.

  19. tominma says: Feb 11, 2013 12:50 PM

    Flacco is NOT an elite QB. The last time the Ravens won the Super Bowl, they had Trent Dilfer as QB! Did the win make HIM an elite QB??

  20. mathgeek94 says: Feb 11, 2013 1:15 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I am excited for Joe Flacco. I hope he gets his money, something north of $19 mil per year. The Ravens, over the cap…there goes the guts of their team. Nothing could be better for the Steelers (and Bengals and Patriots). Pay him. It’s the best thing that can happen. I am looking over the salary cap situation in Baltimore as I write. Rice at $7.7 mil, Reed at $10mil, Suggs $11m, it goes on (is Ngata’s cap hit really $17.9 mil in 2013? WOW).

    Yup, pay him pay him pay him.

  21. tsi431 says: Feb 11, 2013 1:22 PM

    He deserves the same contract as Aaron Rodgers ($8 million/year).

    Obviously Rodgers is grossly underpaid.

  22. ravensnation21 says: Feb 11, 2013 1:25 PM

    yyyass says:Feb 11, 2013 11:44 AM

    As for the rah-rah stuff: J Ogden complained that Flacco eschewed a leadership role. It just wasn’t in his make-up. Johnny U led through resolve and intimidation. Flacco is nothing like Johnny Unitas. Now maybe with Ray Lewis leaving, Flacco is stepping up somewhat, since Lewis even bank-handed Flacco a compliment in the press after the Denver game by saying Flacco finally “grew up”. Flacco had dropped to 25th this year, after dropping from 14th to 18th the prior two seasons. I just don’t think you risk top-3 money to be left without enough top-tier pieces to make up for Flacco if he slides back to mediocrity while being paid like a #1. It will wreck the team. Even IFR he’s a legit #1, there is a point of diminishing returns on top QB salaries when you have no one left to play with them.
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    Ummmm…. Ogden never played with Flacco. So what are you talking about????

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