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With Flacco deal done, no talks yet for next wave of quarterback contracts

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In the past five days, new deals have been done by two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

So what about the next three who are widely presumed to be on deck?

We’ve cast the net this morning and learned that there are no negotiations between Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and their respective teams.

Ryan, who has one year left on his rookie deal, likely will eclipse the new $20.1 million average set by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.  Eventually.

Romo, who carries a cap number of $16.8 million into the final year of his contract, holds all the cards.  And the Cowboys know it.  Despite suggestions from the team that talks are happening on an “informal” basis, Romo continues to play it cool and wait.  And it’s driving the Cowboys crazy.

Stafford has two years left on his rookie deal, despite a cap number that currently exceeds $20.8 million.  The Lions need to reduce a cap charge that consumes 16.9 percent of their total space, but it can happen now only with the kind of contract that would exceed Flacco, Ryan, and anyone else.

And so with one quarterback contract conundrum cured, it’s time to turn to the next three.  With expectations and leverage outpacing the growth of the salary cap, one of these high-priced quarterbacks eventually will hit the open market.

Unless they follow the lead of St. Thomas of San Mateo.

Which isn’t likely.

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46 Responses to “With Flacco deal done, no talks yet for next wave of quarterback contracts”
  1. Iknoweverything says: Mar 2, 2013 11:59 AM

    Drew Brees, Flacco, and Rodgers deserve to be the highest paid QB’s in the league. Each of them are in their prime and have won more LEGITIMATE championships than Cindy Brady

  2. seanje says: Mar 2, 2013 12:01 PM

    Stafford, Megatron, Suh (fourth highest player cap hit in NFL in 2013), and fifty undrafted free agents. That’s the future of the Lions.

  3. johnnytubetop says: Mar 2, 2013 12:02 PM

    How does Romo hold all the cards? Seems like he should be less worried about landing a monster contract and more worried about simply having a job when his current deal expires

  4. ravensdominate says: Mar 2, 2013 12:08 PM

    Did you people read those cap numbers??? Still laughing at the Flacco deal??? Ravens know exactly what they’re doing. Best in the business. World champs!

  5. matt2calvin says: Mar 2, 2013 12:17 PM

    Of the four QBs listed, Stafford is by far the superior QB based on tallent and brains. But NONE of these guys are worth $20,000,000 per year…

    It isn’t monopoly money – it comes directly from our pocket.

  6. tomthebombtracy says: Mar 2, 2013 12:17 PM

    Today is Big Ben’s 31st birthday. Steelers typically extend star players with 2 years left; he has 3. And 3 SB appearances (2 wins) in his first 9 nine years. So?

  7. tbtrojan says: Mar 2, 2013 12:18 PM

    Now that the Flacco deal is done hopefully the Bucs can work out a deal for Freeman.
    I would say if Joe is getting $20 million a year Josh must be worth $2 million a year, maybe $2.5 million if he’s lucky.
    I mean what is the going rate for a solid backup at best QB these days?

  8. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    While Steeler Nation is happy to have Flacco around, people that think his salary will cripple the team aren’t looking at the whole picture: everyone else is in the same boat. Every franchise QB in the league will be looking at similar numbers in the future. So where’s the disadvantage when most teams are taking the same cap hit? Teams without franchise QBs certainly don’t have an advantage either.

  9. enochmh2 says: Mar 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    So the highest paid player has never even been to the pro bowl

  10. johnnyb216 says: Mar 2, 2013 12:25 PM

    Forget the bums they mentioned above. The guy who’s probably licking his chops is Aaron Rodgers who I believe is up for a new contract after next season. If flacco got as much as he did it would be an insult to not make Rodgers the highest paid player in nfl history. This joke of a contract flacco just got is going to wreak havoc on salary caps for years to come…

  11. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Mar 2, 2013 12:29 PM

    No matter how much or how little money those that play team sports make, there are fans that whine about it. They did 100 years ago and I suspect they’ll be doing it 100 years from now.

  12. lovef111 says: Mar 2, 2013 12:32 PM

    Don’t forget Jay Cutler with the Bears. This is the final year of his contract and the team has been non-committal about extending him. I think it’s wise to wait and see how he does under yet antoher new system. Personally, I’d take him over Stafford and Romo at least. And he’s won as many playoff games as Ryan has…with a lesser supporting cast.

  13. granadafan says: Mar 2, 2013 12:45 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is the most underpaid player in the league relative to the market, bar none.

  14. ravensdominate says: Mar 2, 2013 12:52 PM

    Ben roethlisberger7, you’re happy to have a super bowl MVP and a guy that smokes you on the reg in your division for years to come?? Really??? Ok. We’re happy to have him too. World Champs, best franchise in the league, out.

  15. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 2, 2013 12:57 PM

    tomthebomb:
    Nothing like failing to see the “big picture.”
    Three Super Bowl appearances (2 wins) in nine seasons. So:
    — In Super Bowl 40: Your Birthday Boy had lowest passer rating (22) by a quarterback in Super Bowl history.
    — In Super Bowl 43: Roethlisberger quarterbacked the second-worst offense in Super Bowl history.
    — In Super Bowl 45: Roethlisberger threw a pick-six (7) in a six-point loss.
    — Two Super Bowl wins: One TD pass.
    Did you really believe a quarterback who averages about 23 TD passes a season in this day and age of high-scoring offenses is indespensible?
    Really?

  16. Atzauz says: Mar 2, 2013 12:59 PM

    54,000/+day amongst one of the worst recessions. Do they sleep well at night?

  17. ravens4fr says: Mar 2, 2013 1:00 PM

    The only thing that matters regarding a QB is his wins, period! Flacco has consistently taken his team to the playoffs in EACH of his years, while others haven’t. I’d rather have that as a QB, then a perennial All-Pro!

  18. bleedgreen11 says: Mar 2, 2013 1:00 PM

    Lol look what matt flynn did with rodgers’ toys.. flynn can’t even get a starting job now.

  19. radrntn says: Mar 2, 2013 1:05 PM

    well no doubt this a qb driven league…no doubt in the buisnesss world theQB’s are being paid like a ceo,(15 to 20) and then you might be lucky to pay your cfo (DE) between 12 to 15 per, and maybe a COO (LT, or DB orRB or WR around 10 million per), as for the rest of the employees all the cashews have been eaten, they get the peanuts.

  20. asublimeday says: Mar 2, 2013 1:10 PM

    Cutler has two years left right? Or is this the last?

  21. mpetey123 says: Mar 2, 2013 1:11 PM

    Bobzilla I say yes you pay big Ben. As a ravens fan I see Ben play a lot and numbers aren’t everything, he is a great player.

  22. magnusthe1st says: Mar 2, 2013 1:12 PM

    Way to go, Baltimore. You just set the bar impossibly high for teams sign a slightly above average quarterback.

  23. bmore44 says: Mar 2, 2013 1:14 PM

    Stafford! All 3 QBs combine have won 2 play off games. Why would they get 20 mil ?

  24. bengalskuta82 says: Mar 2, 2013 1:22 PM

    I bet Tim Tebow is on the list of those QBs that are looking for that big contract..hahaa! I would welcome him as my youth pastor but definitely not as a QB..

  25. metrocritical says: Mar 2, 2013 1:25 PM

    This thread has quite an array of perspectives, some of them warped by emotion, some purely irrational and the Raven/Steeler bickering would be amusing if not so infantile. Iknoweverything apparently knows nothing. Ravens should enjoy their new found status because it us fleeting and in a few years they will be where the Steelers are now. Matt2Calvin is half right, they all make too much money. If Stafford had higher football IQ and a more accurate arm he could be in the elite conversation but without Calvin he would be in the bottom 16 QBs in the league. He’s poorly coached and hasn’t developed his skills yet but the Lions will overpay to keep him fir the next GM and Head Coach to deal with, unless he escapes as a FA first. Lump Cutler and Romo together as physical talents that haven’t accomplished anything meaningful yet and probably won’t. Ryan is very good but not quite elite but will benefit from this outrageously bloated pay scale and then A. Rodgers will command and get a king’s ransom. If successful, what will Luck, RgIII, Wilson or Kaeperick command the next time around?

  26. scoobies05 says: Mar 2, 2013 1:27 PM

    the highest paid player in nfl history is a super bowl mvp. if you have to pick one which would it be?

  27. tomthebombtracy says: Mar 2, 2013 1:40 PM

    Once there was a QB at the Steelers who finished his long career with a measly 70.9 rating and only had 2 more TDs than INTs. Yeah, he stunk.

    Terry Bradshaw.

    First year HOFer.

    4 SB wins and (I think) 2 SB MVPS despite never leading the league in anything but divorces.

    People judge QBs in Pittsburgh as to whether they win or not. Neil O’Donnell had nice stats.

    Ben is a winner….and so is Joe Flacco. This isn’t an either/or.

  28. scoobies05 says: Mar 2, 2013 1:56 PM

    excellent post tomthebomb

  29. thejimius says: Mar 2, 2013 2:01 PM

    You can’t compare Bradshaw’s stats with Ben’s. It is two different eras. If Bradshaw played now and put up those numbers, he wouldn’t be starting for very long and he sure as hell wouldn’t be in the HoF.

    And by the way, Ben couldn’t hold a candle to Bradshaw in terms of impact on the field.

  30. brownstribecavs says: Mar 2, 2013 2:33 PM

    Ravens/Steeeler fans stop arguing you both want elite QB’s like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers and you both have mediocre QB’s and both pay way too much for them. That said I would mortgage the Browns franchise for the next 50 years and take Sanchez as my QB if the Browns would win one SuperBowl.

  31. ravenmuscle says: Mar 2, 2013 2:40 PM

    do the steelers even have a quarterback?

  32. scoobies05 says: Mar 2, 2013 3:16 PM

    you cant be serious in saying ben and joe are mediocre. thats just ridiculous. stop looking at stats and look at wins. ugh…am i actually defending ben. well the guy is good and has the track record to prove it

  33. dwayston says: Mar 2, 2013 3:20 PM

    Someone mentioned the highest paid player never been to a pro bowl, well 11 TDs w/ no picks and over 1K yards in the playoffs w/ SB MVP sounds more credible to me than a pro bowl selection. And another thing, quit whining about whether Joe’s overpaid or not, it’s market value along with his résumé. 5 straight playoff appearances, 3 AFC Championships he deserves every penny. I’m Out!

  34. bearclaw69 says: Mar 2, 2013 3:58 PM

    The main point here, which EVERYONE but a couple seem to be missing, is the ridiculous notion that every contract must exceed the last one for these players. What if a team just looks their player in the eyes and says, “Hey, I know Joe Blow with the Blowhards got this much, but you don’t play for the Blowhards, you play for us. And this is how much (less) you’re going to make doing it, and you’re going to like it because your option is to go bag groceries. Agents continually insist on inflating their clients’ salaries because that is what is expected of them, but owners don’t have to be so damned stupid. Sometimes, a player is in the right place at the right time to get overpaid based on circumstance, but that doesn’t mean he’s just next in line. Sometimes, the early bird gets the worm and sometimes, you idiot players, you are NOT the early bird.

  35. mrpowers88 says: Mar 2, 2013 4:34 PM

    Romo is playing with fire here. Short of making the Super Bowl this coming season, he will not get the franchise tag next year (He played himself out of it in week 17 vs the skins). He already faces enough outside pressure- no need to add to it by putting his livelihood at risk as well, unless he’s really THAT good at golf.

  36. lovef111 says: Mar 2, 2013 4:34 PM

    “Cutler is owed $8.47 million in the final season of a five-year pact.” The thing with QBs is, while you’d love to have an “elite one”, you don’t have a CHANCE without at least a decent one. So many teams do not have a chance because of the QB situation. So teams will overpay for QBs who are not “elite”, but are above serviceable, and it’s hard to blame them. Flacco’s contract is still ridiculous, though…Are the Ravens still feeling burnt by replacing Dilfer with Elvis Grbac?

  37. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 2, 2013 6:59 PM

    They better sign Romo, Ryan, & Stafford. Their respective teams should heap money on them. Good Lord look around. There are no good QB’s available.

  38. 1historian says: Mar 2, 2013 7:47 PM

    Any owner who allows himself to be hornswoggled by the likes of Tony Romo has only himself to blame, and any fan who actually pays to see Tony Romo has only himself to blame.

    Simply put, Tony Romo is not a very good qb, and the fact that jerruh STILL doesn’t realize that after countless demonstrations by Romo through the years pretty much says just about all that one needs to know about jerruh.

  39. rexloveshisfeet says: Mar 2, 2013 9:22 PM

    Flacco deserved to be paid. He rejected their offer last off-season thinking he was more valuable. Said he was part of the elite group of QB’s. Consistently wins and makes the playoffs. Just always had a hard time with dumb turnovers and getting to the big game. If you think about it, without a Lee Evans drop he might have his 2nd Super Bowl this year. And I am giant fan saying this because you just never know what happens if the ravens play the giants. And if you even say anything that flacco is not the reason for consistently being a top team your crazy. The ravens defense has not been elite in a long time and flacco is the reason for the upswing in wins.

    I just love the peanut gallery towards Flacco because it reminds me of how everyone always talks ish about Eli. He had to win his 2nd Super Bowl for everyone to stop calling him a fluke.

    So if you want to blame anyone for this contract, blame the ownership/gm. They let him prove it on his walk year. He held all the cards at the end. So as they say in rounders his agent said “Pay this man his money. He beat you straight up”

  40. 1oldpro says: Mar 2, 2013 10:19 PM

    The Texans extended Matt Schaub at the beginning of the year, before they realized just what they had. Now they owe big money to a QB who has won nothing. Multi millions to a guy with concrete in his shoes and a BB gun arm.

  41. steelcurtainn says: Mar 2, 2013 10:45 PM

    Even Espn states that Flaccos deal carries high bust potential. Thats sad! Somewhere the rest of the top qbs are licking their chops when its their turn for a new contract.

  42. woodstakes says: Mar 3, 2013 1:24 AM

    To all the Raven fans out there talking about how Flacco’s cap number isn’t going to hurt their franchise….

    Well, there is one or two differences when you start comparing Bree’s, Rodgers, & Brady like you are. You guys keep making statements like “Whats the difference they are all in the same boat as we are…” Well HERE’s the difference… of all the aforementioned NONE of them had a weapon like Rice in their backfield that they can hand off too, dump off to (4th & 43 or whatever ungodly yardage it was ring a bell)… All the OTHER aforementioned have SHOWN they can have anybody back there have little to NO run threat and still.. Win in the regular season, Win in the playoffs and go to and WIN in the Super Bowl.

    But now… well now they have $20 Mil a year tied up in Flacco and boom its 2014 and they have a choice to make.. keep Rice at his $8.75 M cap hit or get rid of him and hope they hit on a good 3rd rounder to take his place or keep them both and sacrifice elsewhere. Therein lies the difference. How good is Flacco without a great RB in the back field keeping defenses honest?? How available is the “patented Flacco deep ball” going to be when there is constant 2 deep coverage because there is no run game threat??

    IDK, but Rodgers, Bree’s & Brady do it every single year… I guess we’ll soon see how “The Best Front Office’s” decision was to make a guy who has never ranked higher than 7th (from rookie year on: 22nd, 13th, 7th, 18th & 12th) the highest paid QB in the league.

  43. lgw91s says: Mar 3, 2013 3:52 AM

    granadafan says:
    Mar 2, 2013 12:45 PM
    Aaron Rodgers is the most underpaid player in the league relative to the market, bar none.

    Aaron has 2 years left on a 6 year $65 mil contract.

    Russell Wilson has 3 years left on a 4 year $2.198 mil contract. Bar one.

  44. iamedreed says: Mar 3, 2013 6:50 AM

    i hope all the flacco bashers remember how much better their teams quarterback is when it comes time to renegotiate those contracts

    aaron rodgers is gonna want 25M per season

    such is life in the new nfl

  45. steeltroll says: Mar 3, 2013 7:42 AM

    At Ravensdominate: actually, Jacoby Jones is the SB MVP. IMHO.

  46. jacktheraven says: Mar 3, 2013 3:56 PM

    @steeltroll – Joe was the MVP. Watch the 2nd half again. Joe had 2 drives, that resulted in 2 FGs, that probably won the game. 49r’s were coming back, but couldn’t stop those 2 drives. Otherwise, I think Jones woulda got the MVP.

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