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John Harbaugh calls Flacco’s contract “very fitting”

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks with quarterback Flacco in the third quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII foorball game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans Reuters

Way back in September, Ravens coach John Harbaugh made his feelings about quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract as plain as possible.

“Pay him whatever he wants. Pay the man,” Harbaugh said after the Ravens’ season-opening 44-13 victory over the Bengals.

That’s pretty much what wound up happening when the Ravens and Flacco agreed to a six-year, $120.6 million salary late last week. The contract is one that makes Flacco the unquestioned leader of the franchise, something that pleases Harbaugh a great deal.

“Just very happy for Joe, his family and also for Ravens fans,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “He has always been our QB. So, to me, this is very fitting.”

Pretty much what you’d expect from the coach of the Ravens in the wake of the deal guaranteeing him his quarterback for most of the decade. The fact that the early cap hits are low enough to keep the team from losing too many other top contributors only makes it easier for Harbaugh to like.

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38 Responses to “John Harbaugh calls Flacco’s contract “very fitting””
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 4, 2013 9:46 AM

    Of course he feels that way coming off of a superbowl. Can’t wait for his future comments, when his 60% completion QB is leading a sub-.500 team and they’re too strapped to turn it around.

    Very fitting indeed.

  2. umainebearman says: Mar 4, 2013 9:47 AM

    John apparently not aware of a small thing called a salary cap? The cap is to John as Manti…. no that’s to easy.

  3. hscorpio says: Mar 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    Of course Harbaugh would say something like that. Those are the cards he’s been dealt and it is his job to make them work.

    But the simple fact is that the Ravens are paying Flacco elite QB money for a very small sample of elite QB play. I don’t blame them, they didn’t have much of a choice once the playoffs ended like they did..with a Ravens’ SB win in large part due to Flacco’s outstanding playoff run. But if I was Ozzie Newsome, I’d be drafting a QB to develop. In a few years, they may need the leverage. If they are successful, the worst thing that happens is they can flip him for a better pick.

  4. ravens4fr says: Mar 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    Flacco has been a winner since he arrived in Bmore – no disputing that, Steeler fans. Plus, he is Clutch, as has been demonstrated throughout his five seasons in the playoffs. So, it is altogether fitting that he is paid accordingly. You can keep your Pro-Bowlers; I’ll take a QB who Wins consistently in the postseason!

  5. iamapatsfan says: Mar 4, 2013 9:59 AM

    They signed a six year contract, but it’s really a 3 year payout for winning the superbowl with a we’ll see how you’re doing in three years to determine if we want to keep you around for longer contract.

  6. flaccodelic says: Mar 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    Hey Einsteins, Flacco’s cap hit this year is like $8M, as opposed to the $20M it would have been under the franchise tag.

    Is your team’s starting QB accounting for less than $8M of the cap next year? Probably not.

  7. ballinmore says: Mar 4, 2013 10:04 AM

    So for all of the salary cap experts who seem to post on here maybe you should look into it and see that the contract is essentially 3 years $62 million. This equates closely to what it would cost to use the franchise tag on Joe for 3 years with a bit of a discount due to not having to pay multiple franchise tag escalators.

    In year 4 the $29 million cap hit will surely be restructured. Now sit back and watch Oz work magic.

  8. ballinmore says: Mar 4, 2013 10:06 AM

    Forgot to mention above that the cap figure for this year is $6.8 million. How will they ever afford to sign anyone else?

  9. ravensfanatic88 says: Mar 4, 2013 10:08 AM

    Everybody on here mad that Joe got paid so the hell what we all think our opinions should matter but we all know if we were in his shoes we’d ask for the same thing because we believe that were all worth more than what were worth to our bosses everybody thinks Joe’s deal was massive wait until Aaron Rodgers deal gets done and id like to see everyone complain about his cap numbers in a salary cap sport.

  10. seahawks80 says: Mar 4, 2013 10:12 AM

    Flacco makes more money than Rodgers, Brady and the Mannings…..what a joke……he should be paid right along with the other mediocre QB’s

  11. bullcharger says: Mar 4, 2013 10:26 AM

    Flacco is similar to Eli… Good enough in the regular season and has played well in big games. He’s still getting better too. He could win another Super Bowl, but I don’t think it will be next year. The Ravens will need to find their heart and soul with Ray gone.

  12. jgrange08 says: Mar 4, 2013 10:26 AM

    Is he talking about the contract or when Flacco is inside of him?

  13. krispyone says: Mar 4, 2013 10:54 AM

    It cracks me up that there are Ravens fans on here saying they know what Flaccos cap number is going to be, and each one who claims they know have different numbers. From everywhere I checked nobody knows what the cap number will look like until the contract is signed this afternoon, I guess these Raven fans were in the room during negotiations since they know what his cap hit will be

  14. ballreaper says: Mar 4, 2013 11:04 AM

    Very fitting for a guy who never been to a PRO-BOWL, You pretty much have paid him for helping you win the Superbowl , Flaco is laughing himself silly to have pull off the biggest heist without a mask and gun.

  15. mrphelps01 says: Mar 4, 2013 11:33 AM

    I’m not sure how I feel about Flacco, a mediocre regular season QB who raises his game to elite levels in the post-season. He also completes more jump balls than any QB in the league. Will his luck run out, especially if Boldin is gone ? Or, to paraphrase Branch Rickey, is his “luck” the residue of design? Whether Flacco is overpaid turns on the answer to this question.

  16. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 4, 2013 11:38 AM

    Amazing harbaugh said pay the man after their 1st game last year but Newsome and front office didn’t listen! They cost themselves about an extra 30 million by not locking flacco up early in the season. That’s one bad front office! Thank god the elite Steeler front office doesn’t operate like these rookies do!

  17. ravensdominate says: Mar 4, 2013 11:46 AM

    Seahawks 80, pretty sure Flacco smoked everyone of those QBs this season so now tell me why is that a joke??? Oh and he added super bowl MVP to the resume after. Sorry you’re team has never won a championship. Mmmbyebye

  18. ravensdominate says: Mar 4, 2013 11:56 AM

    Krispyone, actually the cap numbers were put out this morning. There’s even an article on this site about it. You crack us up. Loser.

  19. ravenator says: Mar 4, 2013 12:04 PM

    Flacco haters fail to realize how consistent he is…all he does is win games. Stats are for fantasy league players, I’ll take a winner any day of the week over a fantasy qb that can never win the big game (or get to it for that matter). Cheers!

  20. cfeeley52 says: Mar 4, 2013 12:04 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Mar 4, 2013 9:46 AM
    Of course he feels that way coming off of a superbowl. Can’t wait for his future comments, when his 60% completion QB is leading a sub-.500 team and they’re too strapped to turn it around.

    Very fitting indeed.

    Kind of like the steelers right now? Yes it is fun to watch, and very fitting indeed…

  21. guitarkevin says: Mar 4, 2013 12:33 PM

    For all of you that don’t know, the Ravens offered Joe top 5 money last year. Joe declined it and look what happened.
    Not only is Joe durable, and unflustered under pressure, he has the biggest set of balls in the NFL.

  22. pointwithinthecircle says: Mar 4, 2013 12:34 PM

    Brady’s last Super Bowl win was how many years ago?

  23. footballfan says: Mar 4, 2013 12:55 PM

    See how he feels in 4 years when they need to restructure his contract

  24. Patriot42 says: Mar 4, 2013 1:15 PM

    Over a million dollars a game is stupid.

  25. bullybirds says: Mar 4, 2013 1:36 PM

    It may not appear this way now, but the Ravens front office does not panic or overpay. Trust me when its all said an done, in the eyes of other teams, he will either seem underpaid or justified compared to the QB contracts to come.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 4, 2013 1:36 PM

    Some of you are the same fools that hammered the Steelers for restructuring to create cap space. I’m sure you’ll be fine in a few years when his cap is $30M.

    That was sarcasm cfeeley.

  27. therealsmiley says: Mar 4, 2013 1:37 PM

    No one is saying the guy isn’t a good QB….he obviously is. But to pay him like he’s Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers is absurd. Maybe he’ll grow into a great QB? By the way, Ray Rice is the best offensive weapon they have on the team…what are they going to pay him? Any QB sitting above Flacco has to be licking his chops. Hail!

  28. whiskytango333 says: Mar 4, 2013 1:53 PM

    Of course the Ravens had to pay him that. Look, its not every day a starting QB falls in your hands (just ask Cleveland, KC, NYJ…the list goes on). And out of those starting QB’s, how many have won a Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP? The timing for Flacco couldnt have been better.

    That all being said, his career numbers are pedestrian, and he has been known to be rather inconsistent. Only time will tell if this will benefit the Ravens, as this contract appears to have more risk involved than other contracts of similar magnitude.

  29. ahostiletakeover says: Mar 4, 2013 2:16 PM

    Why in the hell fans of other teams are worried about Flacco being overpaid is beyond me. Were you guys all secretly named Steve Bisciotti? You’re not footing the bill so what exactly is the problem?

    As a Ravens fan, all I know is that I’ve been watching since the ’10 season ended wondering when Cam Cameron’s completely predictable playcalling would finally get him canned (wasn’t expecting a juggernaut of an offense in ’08 or ’09, but during Flacco’s third year it was obvious the reins were still on)And when it finally did, Joe Flacco put up 15 TDs to 1 INT in the 6 full games with Caldwell running the offense. So you morons can keep yapping about average regular season stats over the last 4 and 3/4s seasons, Ravens fans know the problem wasn’t Flacco.

  30. petehimself2112 says: Mar 4, 2013 2:21 PM

    Lets end this debate…..

    how many guys in the nfl today that can put the ball on the back shoulder where no defender can defend it??? Arron Rodgers did it and Joe has now learned it. Anyone else?? Brady + Manning can’t even throw the ball 20 + yards down field so i don’t think so.

    And for the guy that said he never made the pro bowl what does that have to do with anything? We all know probowls are the popularity/ biggest joke in the world (andy dalton has been to one).

    The guy is worth that much, you might think the Ravens are dumb for signing him for that much but what you don’t realize is there are 15 other nfl teams that will in a heartbeat.

  31. bleedpurplenblack says: Mar 4, 2013 2:47 PM

    $6.8M cap hit for 2013. Restructure in 3 years.

    Can you say, repeat?

    Eat it, haters.

  32. randallflagg52 says: Mar 4, 2013 3:17 PM

    seahawks80 says:
    Mar 4, 2013 10:12 AM
    Flacco makes more money than Rodgers, Brady and the Mannings…..what a joke……he should be paid right along with the other mediocre QB’s

    ====================================

    I guess as a sea hawkfan you would be the NFL expert on mediocre QB’s. Sorry your city has yet to experience an NFL championship, Baltimore has 5.

  33. therealsmiley says: Mar 4, 2013 3:20 PM

    “The guy is worth that much, you might think the Ravens are dumb for signing him for that much but what you don’t realize is there are 15 other nfl teams that will in a heartbeat.”

    And there are 16 that wouldn’t.

  34. therealsmiley says: Mar 4, 2013 4:07 PM

    Baltimore has 5….really? I thought Baltimore had 2 Lombardi Trophies?

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 4, 2013 6:00 PM

    I guess as a sea hawkfan you would be the NFL expert on mediocre QB’s. Sorry your city has yet to experience an NFL championship, Baltimore has 5.

    Yup and you are an expert in addition…what a joke?
    Says a lot about Baltimores school system.haha

  36. scoobies05 says: Mar 4, 2013 6:29 PM

    the nfl did exist before they invented the superbowl. not according to some steeler fans but to the nfl

  37. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 4, 2013 6:35 PM

    I guess as a sea hawkfan you would be the NFL expert on mediocre QB’s. Sorry your city has yet to experience an NFL championship, Baltimore has 5.

    I guess as a raven fan you are the NFL expert on addition…come on dude. Has winning a SB erased what little math skills you have.

  38. randallflagg52 says: Mar 4, 2013 9:40 PM

    scoobies05.

    Don’t feed the troll. It still hasn’t grasped that football was played before the 1970’s.

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