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.