Brady deal lowers Flacco’s exclusive franchise tender

AP

By helping themselves create space under the salary cap, the Patriots also helped one of their most bitter rivals.  A little.

The new contract signed by quarterback Tom Brady will help make it cheaper for the Ravens to apply the exclusive level of the franchise tag to quarterback Joe Flacco.

If the Ravens go exclusive with Flacco, his franchise tender will be determined by taking the average of the five highest 2013 quarterback cap numbers at the time the tag is used.  Before Monday, the five were:  $21.55 million for 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.

Brady has gone from No. 1 to off the list, which (as Albert Breer of NFL Network pointed out recently) nudges Saints quarterback Drew Brees from the on-deck circle with his cap number of $17.4 million.

Previously, the exclusive tag would have cost the Ravens $20.464 million under the cap for 2013.  With Brady replaced by Brees, the number falls to $19.634.  That’s a savings of more than $800,000.

Of course, it likely won’t matter, since the Ravens seem to be poised to apply the non-exclusive franchise tag and to hope Flacco will give them a chance to match any offers made before an offer sheet is signed.  Still, if a few more of those big-ticket quarterback cap numbers fall from the top five, there’s a point at which the Ravens could opt for certainty — especially since Flacco’s cap number would remain the non-exclusive number of $14.6 million through April 19, giving them extra time to clear sufficient cap space.

So, basically, the Pats did the Ravens an $800,000 favor by not waiting a week to do the deal with Brady.

28 responses to “Brady deal lowers Flacco’s exclusive franchise tender

  1. So, one veterans minimum or potentially a couple undrafted/late round rookies.

    Who knows. They could sign the next Tom Brady with the extra cash.

    Odds are, this will mean jack long term.

  2. I thought that the Brady deal was a three year extension putting him under contract until he is 40. This should not drop the cap numbers since his original contract is still in play.

    Otherwise just give Flacco a seven year $200 million dollar contract and back load it with incentives. You can then write that he is due to make $28.5 million per year, even though in reality it can be a 10-15 million a year deal with bonuses.

  3. Flacco and Brady are worlds apart and so should be their contracts plan and simple! Not a fan of either team but flacco is a decent QB nothing more nothing less and Brady is one of the best ever period. Yes his TEAM won a SB and congrats for that but it certainly wasn’t bc of flacco stellar performance, like I said decent QB nothing more and doesn’t deserve to be mention in the same sentence as great QB like Brady let alone paid like one!

  4. I love that we should be “sold on the fact” that the Ravens will use the non exclusive tag on Joe, based on “rumors” around the league, which in reality are nothing more than Linta running his mouth trying to increase Joe’s value. Don’t take us for fools PFT.

  5. For you people quick to make ignorant remarks I’m not talking smack on your beloved ravens I think they are a good team I’m just simply stating that flacco is not worth that much money! Point take Brady away from patriots and they literally are nothing but take flacco away from Balt and I think it’s safe to say that they don’t fall off the radar…

  6. Before the haters start I am so sick and tired of people getting on Joe Flacco over the past five years who was the best quarterback in the NFL in winning. Joe Flacco. Screw all of you. You’re all dicks. Joe Flacco deserve to be paid and he’s led the ravens to three count them three AFC championship games. He is also won a Super Bowl and been in the playoffs five consecutive years. No other quarterback in the NFL I said no other quarterback in the NFL can claim that. Not to mention he was a dropped pass away of being a back to back Super Bowl champion. Now that Caldwell’s charge he will fly off the charts with his stats. I can’t wait to Baltimore repeats. You if they doubt he will be competitive and lead them into the playoffs. Again screw all of you haters. The Steelers suck the patriots suck the Jets suck the Browns suck the bangles suck everybody sucks but the ravens

  7. I hope they strike a deal tomorrow so there’s no more articles about his conteat…this is turning into Pro Flacco Talk…

  8. While I agree with you that Flacco isn’t worth Brady money, they DID win in the playoffs and the Super Bowl because of his stellar performance. He tied Montana for the best statistical post season in NFL history.

  9. I love how you say “it likely won’t matter, since the Ravens seem to be poised to apply the non-exclusive franchise tag” yet in all your articles to “prove” that notion, didn’t prove it at all and were based on completely groundless speculation.

  10. People are purely ignorant morons who said the ravens did not wi. because if joe. Hey freaken moron did you watch the playoffs and how joe had the GREATEST post season in NFL history

  11. Robbertgriffinis the only qb that matters if consistently cheer for the junior varsity. Problem is that sooner or later he needs to graduate to the real team here there 4 downs and football players with real skill at their respective position

  12. I have had suspicions for months, now I am sure: logicalvoicesays is either the biggest idiot to ever turn on a computer, or he is Dan Snyder….and I am a 44 yr veteran of the diehard Skins fanclub!!

  13. Isn’t the price of contract salary if you get the tag the average of this season’s(2013) salary – not what the average will be several years from now?????

  14. Yea take brady off the pats team of 08 and they win 11 games but brady off pats of 2013 no way they are winning 11 games he masks so much of their flaws its not even funny

  15. Flacco would be robbing the ravens if they gave him manning or Bree’s money. No way in hell he’s done enough to be paid top dollars. In that case, what happened to dilfer or Johnson big contracts

  16. ppdoc13, I can’t even follow what you wrote there. jg725, I believe those numbers are for 2013. Logicalvoicesays… Well, we all know he’s delusional already.

    I can’t justify, in my mind, paying him more than what Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, the Mannings and even Big Ben get paid. To me, those are the top guys right now. Flacco is right after those names, so I can understand him getting 15-18 million per year, but to make more than those guys seems out of control to me. Eli, Ben, and Brady each have multiple rings then Rodgers and Brees have been elite for some time now. Then Peyton, a lot of people call him the GOAT of the QB conversation. The only thing Flacco really has going for him is his youth and his ability to chuck it deep. And, without Boldin and his ability to outmuscle DBs to get up and get the ball, a lot of those bombs could have easily been incompletions or picks.

  17. As a non raven fan so no bias opinion here, flacco is not elite however he is a good QB on a good all around team pay the man but don’t even try putting him in the same bracket of pay of guys like Brady

  18. How in the world has “jiggy3198” gotten any of his nonsensical post’s trough the admin?. To think of how many of my posts were blocked.. quite inconsistent boys.

    jiggy3198 says: Feb 25, 2013 8:56 PM
    “Joe Flacco deserve to be paid and he’s led the ravens to THREE count them THREE AFC championship games. He is also won a Super Bowl and been in the playoffs five consecutive years. No other quarterback in the NFL I said no other quarterback in the NFL can claim that. Not to mention he was a dropped pass away of being a back to back Super Bowl champion.”

    -That’s funny jigs, not to mention if IF’s meant a darn.. If 1 fluke catch in a certain SB and 1 perfectly placed 40yrd sideline tip toe pass doesn’t happen brady’s got 5 rings and an undefeated season, so that’s what IF gets ya.

  19. “Of course, it likely won’t matter, since the Ravens seem to be poised to apply the non-exclusive franchise tag and to hope Flacco will give them a chance to match any offers made before an offer sheet is signed.”

    Why would any team agree to let Flacco use them as leverage to get a new deal with the Ravens?

  20. The timing of this deal is odd, as it does appear to help the Ravens.

    However, it is pretty clear that Brady wants to keep Welker around for another Super Bowl run, and this cap-friendly extension/restructure is very likely designed so that the Pats and Welker can get a new deal done in the next week or so.

  21. Pay the man Brady and Manning money please. He’s not even in the same category, but he won the super bowl so give him everything he wants and watch the rest of the team fall apart with no cap room.

  22. why do you continually write in your posts that the Ravens “hope” Flacco lets them match any contract offered to him?? they have the RIGHT to match it. it’s not up to Flacco.

    this obvious fact changes every article you have wrote the past week

  23. It’s nice to see Brady’s team oriented attitude. He knows he’ll eventually earn the same money through endorsements and the like. The greed factor is not a factor for Tom.

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