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Linta: Flacco will be pleased with deal long term

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As PFT’s Mike Florio noted earlier on Saturday, the six-year agreement Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has struck with the club could end up being an advantage for Baltimore, considering the compensation for highly regarded starting quarterbacks.

Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, is confident the deal will hold up over time.

“It was reflective of the past, the present and what the expectation is going forward,” Linta told Jarrett Bell of USA Today in a story published Saturday. “I don’t want him to be in a situation three or four years from now thinking, ‘I’m underpaid.’ “

Should Flacco feel underpaid in a few years, the Ravens would be in both a challenging and enviable spot. Ideally, player and team are happy with a contract; disappointment with compensation just isn’t a healthy situation. Certainly the Ravens would have to be sensitive to such an issue.

However, if Flacco believes he’s outperformed this deal in a few years, one or a couple of things may have happened. For starters, it likely means Flacco is playing quite well. And it could also mean that the pay for starting quarterbacks has continued to skyrocket.

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38 Responses to “Linta: Flacco will be pleased with deal long term”
  1. ravenator says: Mar 2, 2013 7:37 PM

    Its a good deal on both sides. The wins will continue in Baltimore. Poised for another lombardi run, this is how an organization should run.

  2. gmsalpha says: Mar 2, 2013 7:37 PM

    Talk to me when a kicker signs a deal for $10m per.

  3. bartlettruss says: Mar 2, 2013 7:42 PM

    This is the dumbest deal since the Sanchez extension. No wait. Dumber.

  4. RavenzGunnerz says: Mar 2, 2013 7:43 PM

    The pay for qb has been unleashed and it only gets worse from here. Rodgers will demand cajillions.

  5. rueg10 says: Mar 2, 2013 7:45 PM

    overpaid. if flacco outplays this contract i’m the new pope.

  6. trojanwarrior007 says: Mar 2, 2013 7:46 PM

    take it easy there, Flacco. you have to wonder what Big Ben and Eli with two SuperBowl rings a piece must think of all this?

  7. runtheball says: Mar 2, 2013 7:48 PM

    This is the dumbest deal since the Sanchez extension. No wait. Dumber.

    I don’t think you’ll ever see a deal that dumb.

  8. massappeal12345 says: Mar 2, 2013 7:57 PM

    Hey, the rest of you Ravens. Flacco made you.

    Tone down your demands, the QB is the team.

  9. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 2, 2013 8:01 PM

    He just signs this deal and we’re already talking about if he’ll be unhappy in the future? Really?

  10. cfbfan2013 says: Mar 2, 2013 8:16 PM

    I hope he goes and earns this. I wonder what happens though if Flacco say throws for 21 TDs, 17 INTs and the Ravens go 7-9 with him averaging 190 yards passing per game. Will he be willing to restructure his deal to be paid what he is worth? Let’s hope that does not happen but I must say I believe the Ravens would have been smart to franchise him and see what he does this year with aim to have a new deal mid-season after they see what kind of year he is having. The Ravens will lose a lot of players so we are going to find out how much of their Super Bowl and regular season is worth crediting him with and how much should we credit him for their 2013 regular season?

  11. FinFan68 says: Mar 2, 2013 8:17 PM

    Wonder if he would feel overpaid if he has a less than stellar year and they miss the playoffs. He is a good QB but I don’t think he is the best. Looking at the arguments for paying him like this, you find a lot of “team” stats rather than individual stats. This year’s playoffs is the aberration not the norm.

  12. tluke25 says: Mar 2, 2013 8:28 PM

    Joe Flacco is now the highest paid player in the NFL. … Drew Brees needs an explanation.

  13. dmartin17 says: Mar 2, 2013 8:29 PM

    Just goes to show you that there is a big difference between good QBs and elite but not on the payscale…

  14. heyzeus143 says: Mar 2, 2013 8:32 PM

    One Super Bowl, who cares. Slacco.

  15. ravensallday2012 says: Mar 2, 2013 8:40 PM

    Best gm and front office in the league hands down. Haters will hate. Just keep restructuring all your deals Pitt because ur too dumb to get it right the first time

  16. getyourownname says: Mar 2, 2013 8:40 PM

    Translation: “I’m really, really happy with my fee.”

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2013 8:41 PM

    Joe wants Joe to be in a situation three or four years from now thinking, “Hahaha, I’m ridiculously overpaid, and loving every minute of it.”.

  18. 6thsense79 says: Mar 2, 2013 8:46 PM

    cfbfan2013 says:Mar 2, 2013 8:16 PM

    I hope he goes and earns this. I wonder what happens though if Flacco say throws for 21 TDs, 17 INTs and the Ravens go 7-9 with him averaging 190 yards passing per game. Will he be willing to restructure his deal to be paid what he is worth? Let’s hope that does not happen but I must say I believe the Ravens would have been smart to franchise him and see what he does this year with aim to have a new deal mid-season after they see what kind of year he is having. The Ravens will lose a lot of players so we are going to find out how much of their Super Bowl and regular season is worth crediting him with and how much should we credit him for their 2013 regular season?
    —————————–
    And lets say Flacco passes for 5000 yards, 40+ tds, and leads the Ravens to a couple more Super Bowls will the Ravens be willing to increase his contract to match what will then be a probably higher going rate for top QBs? It cuts both ways you know.

    Secondly,

    The worst thing for the Ravens this year would have been if they had to Franchise Flacco since that salary will immediately count $14+ or $19+ million against the cap where as last year I believe Flacco’s cap hit was around $6 million. By signing a long term contract he gets a more than likely huge up front signing and roster bonuses that don’t count fully against the cap. I’m willing to bet anyone on here that Flacco’s cap numbers for this up comming season will be significantly lower than the franchise tag.

    I’m amazed at all the doom and gloom about the cap when no one even knows how this contract is structured.

    For the one millionth time….Ozzie Newsome has been doing a phenomenal job ever since he took over as GM of the Ravens….I think he has earned more than the benefit of the doubt on how he runs the franchise.

  19. thebonus44 says: Mar 2, 2013 9:05 PM

    FinFan68 says: Mar 2, 2013 8:17 PM

    Wonder if he would feel overpaid if he has a less than stellar year and they miss the playoffs. He is a good QB but I don’t think he is the best. Looking at the arguments for paying him like this, you find a lot of “team” stats rather than individual stats. This year’s playoffs is the aberration not the norm.
    ====================

    Except they’ve made the AFC Title game 3 times in 5 years, he’s won road playoff games every year since coming into the league and the Ravens have had consistently the best defenses of the past decade, but haven’t won squat. Enter Joe Flacco who won them a Super Bowl.

    If you think that this was an aberration, you must be watching football with your eyes closed. When Joe got free from Cam Cameron and demanded to sling it his way (see AFC Title game, 2nd half) he was great.

    He’s got the most wins by any quarterback in his first 5 years. You can have your fantasy football Madden stats, but at the end of the day, none of that matters. The only thing that matters is the W, and Flacco brought home the biggest W this past year.

  20. objectivefan says: Mar 2, 2013 9:06 PM

    Nothing funnier than listening to non-Ravens fans trying to convince us that Flacco’s HISTORIC postseason run was an “aberration.” How many “flukes” does “Fluke-O” have to pull off for them to stop being considered “flukes?” This guy is a winner, with excellent situational decision making skills. Cam Cameron didn’t allow him to use this ability, because Cam failed to get the plays in with more than 10 or 15 seconds left on the play clock. But when there was no choice, and with little time left the ball was put in Flacco’s hands, most of the time he would deliver. Too often the rest of the team didn’t. But sometimes, Flacco was so good that he overcame it, like the game winning drive in Pittsburgh where he threw two game winning TDs to Torrey Smith, the first one was dropped but it was even more impressive than the second.

  21. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 2, 2013 9:08 PM

    What he’ll be thinking 3 or 4 years from now is “Who needs a quarterback?” after the Ravens are forced to release him. You see, you can’t pay the 15th best QB in the league like the best QB in the league or you will be left with a bad team.

  22. iced107 says: Mar 2, 2013 9:25 PM

    Flacco’s chances of out playing this contract is the same chance as Te’o finding a real girlfriend

  23. ddogdaddy says: Mar 2, 2013 9:47 PM

    Welcome to the $18-$20 million, team killing, qb club. You know the one I am talking about. The one that claims Manning, Brady, Stafford, Brees,Rodgers, R etc… as members. The one that makes teams cut their other high priced defensive stars to stay under the cap. It will be interesting to see if Ozzie will be able to put a team on the field that will keep Flacco’s streak of playoff runs without the players that helped make it happen these last 5 years.

  24. crawfish2011 says: Mar 2, 2013 10:10 PM

    I’m not a Ravens fan..but

    1. NFLs all time leader in road playoff wins
    2. More road playoff wins than Brady, P.Manning and Brees combined
    3. Better playoff record than Peyton Manning
    4. 18 TDs and 2ints in last 3 years playoff games
    5. Only NFL QB with a playoff win in each of first 5 seasons
    6. 11 TDs Oints in playoff run 2nd only to Montana
    7. Most wins in the first 5 seasons
    8. 1st QB to have a QB rating over 100 in 4 playoff games in playoff
    9. Most TDs in a postseason

  25. steelcurtainn says: Mar 2, 2013 10:14 PM

    One Hit Wonder!!!!!!He’ll be back to his average ways this year but hey at least he’s got alot of money in his pocket. Its like when you hit the jackpot in vegas and then you never hit it again. Thats Flacco!!!

  26. andylucksneck says: Mar 2, 2013 10:18 PM

    What ravens fans fail to see is that Flacco doesn’t think quickly, and that the ravens were simply benefactors of extremely bad refereeing in the Denver game, and even worse play calling in the super bowl. The ravens will not return to the play off let alone win anymore than 7 games with flacco at the helm. Wait and see smaltimore how truly flawed your thinking is.

  27. 6thsense79 says: Mar 2, 2013 10:50 PM

    ddogdaddy says:Mar 2, 2013 9:47 PM

    Welcome to the $18-$20 million, team killing, qb club. You know the one I am talking about. The one that claims Manning, Brady, Stafford, Brees,Rodgers, R etc… as members. The one that makes teams cut their other high priced defensive stars to stay under the cap. It will be interesting to see if Ozzie will be able to put a team on the field that will keep Flacco’s streak of playoff runs without the players that helped make it happen these last 5 years.
    ————————————————
    In a QB league…quarterbacks are going to demand a bulk of the salary cap. I hope you also noticed that 4 or the 5 QBs you listed have won at least 1 Superbowl.

    Geesh you people are the most irrational anti capitalistic bunch I know. QBs don’t “make” their employee do anything. The employer has a choice I can either pay this superstar the market rate for a star QB or roll the dice on a rookie or any free agent out there. What makes the whining of folks like you even more unbearable is that the market value for Super star QBs is surpressed by the CBA mechanisms of a salary cap and most importantly the Franchise tag. If Flacco or Brees were true free agents without the Franchise hanging over their head a team out there would have exceeded their final contract numbers.

    Why is it do you think over the past 12 years or so the only true Star QBs to hit the Free agent market without being franchised were Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and that was only because 1 was injured and the other was injured and had a hot young QB (Philip Rivers) management was itching to start.

  28. petehimself2112 says: Mar 2, 2013 10:51 PM

    ^^your thinking is flawed having Joe guarantees 7 wins alone that’s what he is, a franchise qb. Ravens will have no problem finding players their front office is one of the best in the league especially finding late round picks and undrafted free agents. The Ravens lose a lot of players every year and its a sign of how good they are at finding players. and btw andy luck 18 picks, the most flacco has ever thrown 12.

  29. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2013 2:01 AM

    The Ravens won’t.

  30. kerryc21realty says: Mar 3, 2013 7:20 AM

    Not worth it

  31. scoobies05 says: Mar 3, 2013 7:36 AM

    good god andyluck will you stop whining already

  32. bmorethansteel says: Mar 3, 2013 9:13 AM

    You people just don’t get it. it’s called market value. it doesn’t matter if Big Ben won 4 Superbowls and Flacco makes more. if you go to a restaurant and order lobster or a crab cake, it says market price. You don’t get what lobster cost 4-5 years ago, you get the current market value.

  33. bucrightoff says: Mar 3, 2013 10:01 AM

    Actually its not market value. A scenario

    Drew Brees and Joe Flacco switch. Joe Flacco was Saints QB last year and Brees Ravens QB. Odds are exceptionally high thta the Ravens season goes just about the same, likely better with Brees. The Saints with Flacco on the other hand would be drafting Luke Joeckel right now.

    That’s why Joe Flacco isn’t worth it. At 1/6th of the cap he doesn’t provide you with 1/6th the value. Flacco needs a good to great team around him to win. Brees could have the NFLs 26th ranked D and be a legit Super Bowl contender. It’s going to be even worse value when the Ravens can’t afford talent around Flacco. And why would Ellerby or anyone else take less than they’re worth? Flacco sure didn’t…

  34. scoobies05 says: Mar 3, 2013 11:09 AM

    so with all that talent surrounding brees how do you expain their performance last season with virtually the same cast?

  35. ravenator says: Mar 3, 2013 12:07 PM

    And Flacco haters continue their rants, not realizing the best deep ball thrower in the NFL is also the reigning superbowl MVP.

  36. petehimself2112 says: Mar 3, 2013 3:25 PM

    “That’s why Joe Flacco isn’t worth it. At 1/6th of the cap he doesn’t provide you with 1/6th the value. Flacco needs a good to great team around him to win. Brees could have the NFLs 26th ranked D and be a legit Super Bowl contender. It’s going to be even worse value when the Ravens can’t afford talent around Flacco. And why would Ellerby or anyone else take less than they’re worth? Flacco sure didn’t…”

    FIRST: Where did you get your numbers from? who said he was 1/6 of the cap? that number is made up his cap is as low as 7 million this year.

    SECOND: didnt the ravens have the 25th ranked d this year? and Joe won it all.

    Please do some homework before you make accusations that are false.

  37. pappyjoe69 says: Mar 3, 2013 4:56 PM

    The NFL’s salary cap was instituted to create “parity” which allows every team in the league to be competitive. Some teams juggle the salary cap expertly while some not so much. Long term successful teams manipulate the salary cap mostly by paying out hefty signing bonuses which are charged against the cap by prorating them yearly through the life of the contract. So you can tell me all you want about how smart Ozzie is and what a great job Ozzie is doing but somewhere down the road, smart and great ain’t gonna keep the mathematics of the system from biting good ole Ozzie in the ass.

  38. scoobies05 says: Mar 3, 2013 8:44 PM

    im thinking that if you and i can figure out that the flacco contract may cause issues down the line they guy who does it for a living and does it as well as anyone in the business has a plan. in ozzie we trust and go ravens

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