Ravens have “no intentions” of letting Flacco leave Baltimore

Reuters

The Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco still haven’t worked out a long-term deal.  Regardless of how the dominoes fall, assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta made clear during an appearance on Thursday’s Pro Football Talk that the team plans on keeping Flacco around for the long haul.

“We have no intentions of letting Joe Flacco leave Baltimore,” DeCosta said.

Still, DeCosta didn’t put the chances of Flacco leaving at zero percent.  “Probably negligible,” DeCosta said.

So does that mean the Ravens will use the exclusive level of the franchise tag, if push comes to shove?

“We don’t know that,” DeCosta said.  “We’re not sure.  We’ve had a lot of meetings, about three or four different scenarios, and I know that his agent, Joe Linta, and our cap guy, Pat Moriarty, will have some discussions in the next few days, over the next week, and hopefully we can get some things ironed out and at that point we can kind of move forward with what are plans are going to be if we can’t get a deal done.”

If the Ravens don’t use the exclusive level of the franchise tag, Flacco will be able to negotiate with other teams and sign an offer sheet.  If the Ravens can’t or won’t match an offer that likely would be heavily front-loaded, the Ravens would receive two first-round picks as compensation.

As DeCosta said, the chances of that happening are “probably negligible.”  But he didn’t say zero, which means there’s still a chance the Ravens will roll the dice with the non-exclusive tag — and that another team will make a run at the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

56 responses to “Ravens have “no intentions” of letting Flacco leave Baltimore

  1. His stats since Cam Cameron was fired extrapolate to a 4600+ yard, 43 touchdown, 0 interception, 117.2 QBR 16 game season. And that was against playoff teams. When you keep that in mind with his 18-2 TD/INT ratio in the playoffs the last three seasons with two dropped game-winning touchdowns… it would be pretty darn stupid to let go of him.

  2. Even if they plan on using the exclusive franchise tag he is not going to come right out and say it. He wants to use whatever leverage he has.

  3. I like Flacco. He’s a really good QB, anyone who says otherwise is lying to themselves.

    However the thought of draft wizard Ozzie Newsome with 4 first round picks in 2 years is making my mouth water.

  4. Off-topic here, but can we please drop the Super Bowl MVP thing? It always goes to the QB. It’s been a joke since 2006 when Dominic Rhodes ran all over the Bears and then the MVP went to Manning. Jacoby Jones was easily the MVP this year, but it goes to the QB. They shouldn’t be allowed to use that as a negotiating point.

  5. This is beyond a dumb article….Flacco is not going anywhere and the fact that professionals are making a big deal out of it is a waste of time. The Ravens front office won’t allow it.

  6. QBs are gonna sink their teams with these ridiculous contracts, then complain later on about how they have no help. Ask Dan Marino, Dan fouts, Warren Moon, and ken Anderson how many superbowls they won with no help. Its no coincidence that every great multiple SB winning QB had a stacked roster to help them. Look at what Aikman, Montanna, And Bradshaw were working with.

  7. Flacco should encourage the Ravens to franchise him for 2013 and 2014.

    By 2015 his cap number would leave the Ravens no choice but to let him hit the open market and become the highest salaried player in all of team sports. As in, over $30 M a year.

  8. ravensallday2012 says:Feb 21, 2013 7:34 PM

    He’s a proven leader and has done it in the highest of pressure situations. Pay the man

    I get sick of hearing all you broke fools say “pay the man!!! he wants 120 million contract? PAY THE MAN!!!”… Okay… well being you think he is so great and worth so much money why dont you pay the man? oh yeah thats right…… so shut up.

  9. “Boy. It must be depressing to have the third best QB in Maryland and overpay to keep him.”

    I’d take Flacco over any of the Redskins QBs.

  10. I don’t understand the haters. He is in prime if his career and has come off the best post season in the history if the nfl. Since cam left he’s been unstoppable. Won more games than ANY QB in history in first 5 years. 3 afc championships 5 playoff appearances and an 9-4 playoff record. There is no argument who is great. Sky’s the limit. Check out Bree’s and rivers after cam left they exploded just like joe did. I hate idiots

  11. Bobonmycon say:I get sick of hearing all you broke fools say “pay the man!!! he wants 120 million contract? PAY THE MAN!!!”… Okay… well being you think he is so great and worth so much money why dont you pay the man? oh yeah thats right…… so shut up.

    U must be an idiot to football in general..we have the best front office in football hands down. He will get 100 million dollar contract. U must be a steeler fan and can’t take what is happening to that terrible franchise u have in Pittsburgh

  12. nfl4days says: Feb 21, 2013 7:32 PM

    QBs are gonna sink their teams with these ridiculous contracts, then complain later on about how they have no help. Ask Dan Marino, Dan fouts, Warren Moon, and ken Anderson how many superbowls they won with no help. Its no coincidence that every great multiple SB winning QB had a stacked roster to help them. Look at what Aikman, Montanna, And Bradshaw were working with.

    Are you really asserting that Aikman, Montana, and Bradshaw weren’t well paid?

  13. I wouldn’t even want to extend Flacco right now. I saw him play a lot of BAD football last year. Yeah, he’s a guy you want to keep, but he needs a franchise year to decide if you want to mortgage the team’s future for his services.

  14. Wait, first Flacco defiantly and repeatedly said that he was certain that he would be a Raven for life, and now the Ravens say this. Is Flacco “connected”? Just wondering ha.

  15. @logicalvoice – if I were you I would invest in a whole lot of ace bandages. Ngata about well broke your wonder child into matchsticks. And if having the “third” best qb in Maryland means we win the SB, I’ll take it. Btw – when was the last year that the junior varsity team in Maryland was relevant. You know, the one that calls its home raljon and has all of its employees refer to the owner as Mr. Snyder while looking down at the floor. Yeah, logical voice, real functional organization you got running there. Make sure to wear your hard hat when you go to that dump of a stadium there are hunks of concrete falling all over the place. Thanks anyway though, I’ll stick with flacco over cousins or rg3 as would most nfl people worth their salt.

  16. Gee. 27 year old quarterback wins the Superbowl and the team wants to keep him.

    What a stunning development.

  17. nfl4days says: Feb 21, 2013 7:32 PM

    QBs are gonna sink their teams with these ridiculous contracts, then complain later on about how they have no help. Ask Dan Marino, Dan fouts, Warren Moon, and ken Anderson how many superbowls they won with no help. Its no coincidence that every great multiple SB winning QB had a stacked roster to help them. Look at what Aikman, Montanna, And Bradshaw were working with.
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    I’m sorry. I didn’t know QBs controlled a team’s purse string. It’s not the job of the QB to balance or even worry about the salary cap. That job is the GMs. If the price tag is too high for the team tell the player to take a walk. Everyone seems to believe in the concept of the free market until it comes to athlete salaries. I also seem to recall that player contracts are not guaranteed in the NFL and they can get caught at any point no matter how important they are. Like Manning in Indy who got cut in the middle of a $90 million deal.

  18. Flacco is a smart guy. He knows that the Ravens are on the decline. He will pull a LeBron James and join the next great football team in the Philadelphia Eagles. He knows Chip Kelly is the next Vince Lombardi and he will lead them to multiple Superbowls.

  19. @ppdoc13…logicalvoice submitted the most idiotic comment on this post, but you take 2nd. 1)The Redskins made the playoffs this yr, making them relevant as of 2013 2) The name Raljon was discontinued over a decade ago 3) it took Flacco 5 tries (with a better supporting cast) to finally win a super bowl…so before we assume who most NFL ppl would stick with lets give the “junior varsity”s qb a couple more yrs

  20. Flacco just wins games. He’s won a SB and SB MVP and he hasn’t even played his best football yet. I don’t understand the constant hate and smart ass comments. The only QB I’d consider taking over him is ARod and that’d be a tough decision since ARod has had concussions while Flacco hasnt missed a meaningful snap in his career.

  21. nfl4days says: Feb 21, 2013 7:32 PM

    QBs are gonna sink their teams with these ridiculous contracts, then complain later on about how they have no help. Ask Dan Marino, Dan fouts, Warren Moon, and ken Anderson how many superbowls they won with no help. Its no coincidence that every great multiple SB winning QB had a stacked roster to help them. Look at what Aikman, Montanna, And Bradshaw were working with.

    Are you really asserting that Aikman, Montana, and Bradshaw weren’t well paid?

    Of course they were well paid. Somebody correct me if im wrong but i dont think they had a salary cap back when those guys played. So the point here would be you need to spread the wealth in order to keep a solid team together.

  22. Boy. It must be depressing to have the third best QB in Maryland and overpay to keep him.
    ———–
    Almost as depressing as seeing your favorite team trade a buttload of draft picks for your franchise QB, and then watch while your coach practically does a Jeff Gillooly on Bob’s knee in his first playoff game.

  23. logicalvoicesays says:
    Feb 21, 2013 8:38 PM
    I understand the envy from you Baltimorians. It’s ok to be #2.

    —–

    Do you understand the goal of an NFL season? I don’t think you do, or you wouldn’t be talking this crap about the #1 team out of all 32 this past season. Redskins finished like 7th or 8th? Pretty good, but clearly not Lombardi good.

  24. jibzek says: Feb 21, 2013 7:28 PM

    Pay him a bunch of money and tie up their cap with a bunch of wasted money.

    NOT AN ELITE QB.

    ____________________________

    Ok… he is not “Elite” WHO CARES

    You know what he is?

    Champion… I’ll take that over Elite

  25. Interesting all these people are still hating on the reigning super bowl MVP. You all do know that Flacco sits on the pinnacle of the sport right??? You do know that winning the super bowl is the ultimate goal and he did that and also emerged the game’s best player. You all get that right.

    Ravens. Best franchise is the league.

    OUT

  26. There’s only one Superbowl MVP quarterback in Maryland and his name is Joey Flacco. Skins fans are delusional if you think Bob is going to get them anywhere when the dude can even play like a 15 week season without getting seriously injured. Here is what Joe did 2008: 19 starts 2009: 18 starts 2010: 18 starts 2011: 18 starts 2012: 20 starts….Bob is already behind the curve and is not going to last long enough to take your team anywhere but back in the cellar.

  27. @logicalvoice…typical of all of the Redskins fans who popped off all year because a 4th place schedule won them an overrated division. These are the same last place Caps fans who have disappeared recently, for some reason. 3 playoff appearances in 20 years is impressive, gotta give you that.

    Flacco would be the best QB in Skins history this side of Sammy Baugh.

  28. The thoughts are interesting though. Flacco signs with the Browns, pick up the #6 pick in the draft this year and a probable top 10 pick next year. So 4 first round picks in 2 years and then go sign or trade for Alex Smith and save about 13 million next year to upgrade in other spots.

  29. I don’t think Bradshaw was paid all that well. Montana yeah, Aikman even better. I remember Aikman restructuring his contract so Emmit wouldn’t hold out again. as for the B.W. parkway battle as a Redskins fan I say congratulations to the Ravens on winning the super bowl. I won’t make comparisons but I will say you got a good QB in Flacco so pay the man

  30. Flacco is going NOWHERE…..Cleveland and Philadelphia are the armpits of the NFL with dumps for stadiums and no fan base.

    He’ll sign a long term deal…we’ll keep Boldin and Ellerbe and the Lombardi’s will keep rolling into Baltimore.

    And don’t forget this….Philadelphia has NO offensive line while Cleveland has NO receivers….why would Joe go somewhere and get the crap beat out of him every game or have nobody to throw too.

    Rest assured Cleveland and Philadelphia….you have no quarterback and you will suck until you get one…and this draft has NONE.

  31. While gambling with Flacco’s NON exclusiveness (2 first round picks) seems attractive, it would set the Ravens QB situation back 10 years. I can’t imagine that happening.

  32. Cleveland Brown says,,,,”so your saying I have a chance-Yes!”….later….”what was all that one in a million talk ??”

  33. he’s not going anywhere,all he does is win
    they are by far the best team in maryland.
    RGKNEE will be lucky to last 3 yrs!!!

  34. The whole elite quarterback argument is pointless and subjective. So don’t call him elite if you don’t feel he is. But what can’t be disputed is the fact that he is the MVP and winning quarterback of the Super Bowl. That’s really all that matters. All of the quarterbacks who are consensus “elite” players sat home and watched Joe Flacco win the Super Bowl.

  35. He probably deserves whatever he gets. His performance down the stretch was impressive. He’s not quite a Brady or Manning, but he sure as H isn’t Kevin Kolb, either!

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