Agent Joe Linta says the Ravens were dumb for not signing quarterback Joe Flacco last August. Flacco has since said he “obviously” disagrees with Linta.
Flacco’s words “obviously” will be used by other agents against Linta.
It’s against the rules for rival agents to target players who currently have agents. But it happens all the time. As to Linta and his comments about the Ravens, some in league circles believe other agents will prey on Linta’s Baltimore clients, arguing that the relationship between Linta and the Ravens is irreparably broken.
The failure (to date) of the Ravens to publicly declare that they have no problem with Linta’s comments will fuel any such effort, as will the decision of the team’s website to post Flacco’s comments — and to push the idea that private disagreements shouldn’t be made public.
It’s wrong for any other agent to try to convert Linta’s clients. But Linta would be dumb not to make sure his relationship with his other Ravens clients is as strong as it can be.