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Rules give Ravens a cap advantage on Flacco tag

Marky Ramone, Joe Flacco AP

The Ravens eventually must decide whether to apply the non-exclusive franchise tag (at $14.6 million for 2013) or the exclusive franchise tag (at, under current calculations, more than $20 million for 2013) to quarterback Joe Flacco, unless the two sides can work out a new contract.

Under the former, another team could pilfer the Super Bowl MVP, giving the Ravens two first-round picks as compensation if Baltimore can’t or won’t match an offer sheet signed by Flacco.  Under the latter, Flacco can’t talk to any other team.

As explained by Albert Breer of NFL Network, the rules give the Ravens a way to soften the cap blow from using the pricier level of the tag.  If the Ravens opt to go “exclusive” with Flacco, the cap number will remain at $14.6 million through April 19.  At that point, it will become the average of the five highest quarterback cap numbers for 2013.

Nearly two weeks ago, we listed the five highest 2013 quarterback cap numbers, currently:  $21.55 million for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, $20.82 million for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, $20.35 million for Giants quarterback Eli Manning, $20 million for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and $19.6 million for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  Restructurings or extensions would cause some of those numbers to drop, thereby dropping the average below its current level of $20.464 million.

The ability to carry Flacco on the books at $14.6 million through April 19 makes it easier for the Ravens to use the exclusive level of the tag and still transact other business.  Then, if they don’t have a long-term deal in place with Flacco by April 19, they’d need to be able to absorb the higher cap charge.

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40 Responses to “Rules give Ravens a cap advantage on Flacco tag”
  1. purnellmeagrejr says: Feb 14, 2013 4:06 PM

    One of the Ramones?

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 14, 2013 4:08 PM

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Joe!

  3. zoellner25 says: Feb 14, 2013 4:09 PM

    Wow. Not a bargain:
    $20.82 million for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

  4. dietrich43 says: Feb 14, 2013 4:29 PM

    So those five qbs ars: 3-2, 0-0, 2-0, 1-1, and 2-1 in Superbowls. Which one doesn’t belong?

  5. The Prophet says: Feb 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    Joe Flacco’s agent isn’t very traditional looking, but we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

  6. tannethrill says: Feb 14, 2013 4:41 PM

    Done deal, he’s getting the tag unless he’ll take now what he’s going to end up taking late in April because this will cause him to blink first.

  7. mattmchoes says: Feb 14, 2013 4:43 PM

    oh thats his agent! way off

  8. rottenbellybutton says: Feb 14, 2013 5:04 PM

    dietrich43: Stafford is a better QB than Ben. Look at the Lions D before you put all the blame on Stafford for their recent struggles. I’m not saying he’s not being overpaid, but he is a better all around QB. Don’t let the SB rings fool you, Ben was an average QB on 2 great teams with excellent defenses. Might as well call him a game manager.

  9. smacklayer says: Feb 14, 2013 5:04 PM

    That’s not his agent. I have no idea who that is, but I’ve met Joe Linta at a meet and greet event at Alabama and he looks nothing like that.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 14, 2013 5:11 PM

    Outside of charm city’s inner harbor does anyone really care about what happens in this drama? He is going to sign with the turds because he knows he has a good surrounding cast and he doesn’t have to worry listening to slash preach anymore.

  11. gtisme says: Feb 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    Marky Ramone looks like he still “wanna be sedated!” and proving once again that ugly men who want to get layed should learn to play the drums!

  12. catquick says: Feb 14, 2013 5:18 PM

    Tell me that’s not his wife!

  13. rottenbellybutton says: Feb 14, 2013 5:19 PM

    Foolthatdools: Don’t you complain about TROLLS on your precious steeler threads? Looks like you’re a hypocrite Mr. Intellectual.

  14. ravenator says: Feb 14, 2013 5:21 PM

    Steeler haters commenting after another pathetic season. Haha, keep it coming loser.

  15. bigdinla says: Feb 14, 2013 5:27 PM

    I would use the non-exclusive tag. Anyone dumb enough to give the Ravens two first for Flacco deserves him!

  16. ravenator says: Feb 14, 2013 5:30 PM

    Steeler fans are so jealous it’s painfully obvious. Crawl back into your shanty shack with your Steeler snuggle. This thread is reserved for fans of world champions

  17. fuglyflorio says: Feb 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    Please … get a new Flacco pic.

  18. justintuckrule says: Feb 14, 2013 5:38 PM

    dietrich43 says:
    Feb 14, 2013 4:29 PM
    So those five qbs ars: 3-2, 0-0, 2-0, 1-1, and 2-1 in Superbowls. Which one doesn’t belong?
    ———–
    ::hand raised::: pick me! pick me!

    The one with two SB losses? (because there are 2 QBs in there who haven’t lost a SB).

  19. The Prophet says: Feb 14, 2013 5:43 PM

    You’d think the Super Bowl MVP could get a prettier girlfriend than that.

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 14, 2013 5:46 PM

    Steeler fans are so jealous it’s painfully obvious. Crawl back into your shanty shack with your Steeler snuggle. This thread is reserved for fans of world champions

    And steeler threads are reserved for fans of six time world champs…..ravenator that’s one hand plus the middle finger of the other hand…

  21. dg0122 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    Why is Lilly Tomlin in that picture?

  22. darthraven887 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:11 PM

    …Is that his father? Please PFT, we want the name or the connection this person has too Joe.

  23. scoobies05 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:12 PM

    stay classy nofool. and way to bring up ray in a joe thread. very tiresome. i just want to know where you are hiding the evidence. i mean you just know ray is guilty even though atlanta said we dont even have enough evidence to try a case. so i think you are obstucting justice by witholding evidence. as far as joe goes…i do believe he will sign a cap friendly deal. he will get his money. just gotta structure the deal right

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 14, 2013 6:46 PM

    That’s just a before and after camera trick. Current Joe with future Joe.

  25. ppdoc13 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:10 PM

    @nofoolnodrool – go. Forward a few posts and read what I wrote, but basically Baltimore has 8 football championships and 8 is still greater than 6.

  26. helloanybodyhome says: Feb 14, 2013 7:36 PM

    Once he gets the big bucks he can spring for a better looking hooker

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 14, 2013 8:33 PM

    ppdoc13 says:
    Feb 14, 2013 7:10 PM
    @nofoolnodrool – go. Forward a few posts and read what I wrote, but basically Baltimore has 8 football championships and 8 is still greater than 6.

    1 0
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    Trying to put lipstick on a pig again…it is still a pig and its in Charm City which is more of a joke. In that vein how is the statue for the slasher campaign going ..an update would be appreciated.

  28. spartyfi says: Feb 14, 2013 8:34 PM

    Stanford’s # is so high because he restructured to give cap room for the team and a lot of it is in this 20mil. That and being the #1 pick before the current slotting system.

  29. commandercornpone says: Feb 14, 2013 8:52 PM

    it’s phil spector and he’s out of jail.

  30. scoobies05 says: Feb 14, 2013 8:59 PM

    pretty tough talk from a guy whose fan base supports an accused rapist. but thats just it nofool…its all accusations. you are the one who is obsessed with ray. either provide us with evidence that you are witholding from the atlanta pd or move on and worry about your own team. and to the good fans of pitt such as deb i mean no harm. its clowns like this that ruin it for everyone

  31. ppdoc13 says: Feb 14, 2013 9:26 PM

    @foolfullofdrool – now I have you. You have no answer for my point and therefore you have to denigrate Baltimore. That was too easy. I expected better of you. However, you are a Putzburger which automatically limits IQ to less than the number of Lombardis you team has squared.

  32. jharmon64 says: Feb 14, 2013 9:44 PM

    Pay that man.

    As a Steeler fan, I’ll admit he’s earned it.

    Not flashy, but gets the job done and has nothing else to prove.

    Pay him as a top 5 player. In a couple years, he’ll be barely in the top 10 paid as salaries for QB’s will continue to rise.

    It’s a QB league.

  33. ravensnosncaps says: Feb 14, 2013 10:20 PM

    Yeah I still want to know how long its been since nofool lived in Pitt? Please tell me you have been to Baltimore since you like to talk about the city all the time.

  34. ppdoc13 says: Feb 14, 2013 11:35 PM

    @jharmon – it is the same with you and Ben. You have no choice. It is a qb driven league. And you spend your high picks hoping and praying that the #1 you spent on that qb pans out when in actuality it is less than 50/50.

    But when the alternative is being the clowns who have spent high picks on multiple abs and have yet to have one hit. Think about it – couch, Quinn, weedon, McCoy all 1 or 2′s expected to be “the man.” And stick in our sloppy second of Derek Anderson as well. Mo wonder the clowns have one playoff appearance in most of 14 years,

  35. movementarians says: Feb 15, 2013 7:35 AM

    Stafford is not getting paid 20 mil this year. His cap number is that high because they keep restructuring his conract at the begining of each season to provide short term cap relief and push his cap hits to future seasons. Well now we are in the future and his cap number is 20 million dollars. He is a guy that may get a long term extension as well this year.

  36. jlv3gem says: Feb 15, 2013 10:00 AM

    movementarians says:
    Feb 15, 2013 7:35 AM
    Stafford is not getting paid 20 mil this year. His cap number is that high because they keep restructuring his conract at the begining of each season to provide short term cap relief and push his cap hits to future seasons. Well now we are in the future and his cap number is 20 million dollars. He is a guy that may get a long term extension as well this year.

    —————

    Hey guy, I’m no sure he’s ever restructured his contract.

    He’s not getting paid that much this season, but with his salary and pro-rated signing bonus, his cap number is that high.

    They want to restructure now because he’s not that great.

  37. guitarkevin says: Feb 15, 2013 12:32 PM

    That picture is from some fashion show Joe attended right after the Super Bowl. Probably some designer…

  38. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 15, 2013 5:04 PM

    guitarkevin, you must be some sort of super-sleuth. At least you’re coherent, but I’ll recap for you.

    He’s already been established as being:

    Joe’s wife or girlfriend,
    Joe’s father or agent,
    Lily Tomlin, (still laughing at that dgo122)
    Phil Spector or a hooker,
    Deb or Ravenator

    Take your pick.

  39. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    its clowns like this that ruin it for everyone

    How can you call me a clown when you worship the biggest fraud to hit the front page since OJ . But hey I am honored to be called a clown as I at least make you laugh….not so much you for me.

  40. scoobies05 says: Feb 17, 2013 7:14 PM

    a bigger fraud then your two times accused of rape qb? love how you never have a response for this. and you accuse others of ignoring history and supporting an accused felon…hypocrisy at its finest

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