That’s where the similarities between their contracts end.
Actually, Flacco’s cap number will be ridiculously low. Peter King of Sports Illustrated pegs it at a paltry $6.8 million for 2013 — which amounts to only 5.6 percent of the total cap burden from the six-year deal Flacco will sign later today.
Brady’s 2013 cap number is $7 million higher, at $13.8 million.
Next year, Flacco’s and Brady’s cap numbers will intersect at $14.8 million. After that, things get ridiculous.
Flacco’s cap number for 2016 will be, according to King, $29 million. $29 million! (For proper effect, think Dr. Emmitt Brown and 1.21 gigawatts!)
Absent a widely unexpected spike in the salary cap, then, this is a three-year deal that will be extended/restructured/whatever by the Ravens in 2016, after Flacco will have pocketed (as we reported last night) $62 million.
And it’s safe to assume Flacco won’t be agreeing to a three-year, $27 million extension at that time.