Flacco says that Boldin should “stick to his guns” when it comes to the Ravens’ effort to shrink his $6 million base salary for 2013.
“Without him, we don’t win the Super Bowl,” Flacco tells USA Today. “He’s a huge part of this team and someone I want to see back. Obviously, when you’re a player of his caliber, you believe you’re worth a number and that’s what you should get. He’s going to stick to his guns, and that’s the way it should be.”
What else can Flacco say? He wanted top dollar, and he got top dollar. How could Flacco cajole any of his teammates into doing anything other than the same?
“This league is about going out and performing and playing well and having fun doing so,” Flacco said. “But it’s also our livelihood and it’s about getting paid. So teams are going to let go of you as soon as they can. So when you’re playing, you have to make sure you can get as much money as you can because that’s what’s going to take care of your family down the road.”
It’s also about winning games, which tends to help guys get paid. And it will be harder for Flacco to convert his $29 million cap number for 2016 into yet another high-water-mark deal if he doesn’t have good players like Boldin around him.