There might be things complicating quarterback Joe Flacco’s negotiation with the Ravens.
Tom Brady’s restructured contract with the Patriots is not one of them, according to Flacco’s agent.
Brady re-did his contract for cash for him and cap relief for the Patriots, but Flacco’s agent Joe Linta said that shouldn’t apply to a younger player on the verge of the free agent market.
“There’s no impact whatsoever on what we’re doing,” Linta told Robert Klemko of USA Today. “It doesn’t matter. It’s an extension for cap purposes. And we don’t know all the details at this point.
“The bottom line is, whether Brady took a pay cut or took $27 million a year, it wouldn’t have an impact on what we’re doing. We’ve determined a number that we think is fair with respect for the Ravens’ cap situation.”
As we mentioned this morning, talks toward a new deal with the Ravens could resume today, after several talks in Indianapolis.
Linta said the negotiations were civil, and “This thing could be done in three minutes or three years.”
He also said he was sensitive to the other free agents the Ravens hope to retain, such as Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and others.
“Joe’s not that kind of guy,” Linta said. “Joe absolutely wants to work with the Ravens to ensure that they’re not impacted cap-wise. Joe doesn’t want to see anybody get cut as a result of this deal.”
But he also wants to world to know that just because someone might be taking a nickel less than they could be squeezing out of a team, that doesn’t mean he has to.