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Joe Flacco knows “huge” cap number isn’t “really realistic”

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass against the St. Louis Rams at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

During his end of the season press conference, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome was asked about the $28.55 million cap charge that quarterback Joe Flacco will carry into the 2016 season.

Newsome said that he hopes that there’s a way to build a strong team without restructuring Flacco’s contract “if we are strategic enough,” but that there could be conversations about restructuring the deal, which runs through 2018, this offseason. During a Thursday morning appearance on WBAL, Flacco sounded like he expected to have some of those conversations because of how much impact that cap number could have on the overall roster.

“I want to win so I want to do everything we can to get something done,” Flacco said. “I don’t know exactly what that is or exactly what’s that going to be because we haven’t talked about it yet. I know that’s a huge number and it’s not really realistic. … I’m open to doing something. I want to be here for a while. I want to play football here. That’s what it’s all about.”

Flacco’s cap number rises even higher — over $31 million — for the 2017 season and will be over $24 million in 2018, so any restructuring is going to have to add some years to the deal to spread out the hit over a longer period.

Flacco also touched on his rehab from a torn ACL. He said he’s “doing very well” and that he doesn’t think “there’s any way” he won’t be ready to play “right away” at whatever cap number he winds up with for the coming year.

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69 Responses to “Joe Flacco knows “huge” cap number isn’t “really realistic””
  1. donterrelli says: Jan 21, 2016 8:58 AM

    The Ravens are screwed for years with this guy.

  2. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:59 AM

    Great contract. Well worth it.

  3. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 21, 2016 9:00 AM

    Restructure, substantial signing bonus, tear it up again in 2 years. The Brady formula

  4. infectorman says: Jan 21, 2016 9:03 AM

    The Drew Brees syndrome.

    Good for Joe

  5. flaccodelic says: Jan 21, 2016 9:04 AM

    Franchise QB with a Superbowl ring and a SB MVP award who has NEVER had a legit #1 WR, never gets in trouble and is willing to restructure his deal to help the team.

    Cue the comments about his eyebrows, or something.

  6. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 21, 2016 9:05 AM

    Since the cap restraints the Ravens haven’t done a lot of winning.

  7. kcchefs58 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:13 AM

    Brees wants an explanation

  8. samadams14 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:16 AM

    Maybe he’ll sign one of those below market Brady deals in exchange for UA stock options, a lucrative retirement no-show personal services contract……

  9. rulesoflogic says: Jan 21, 2016 9:17 AM

    It was fairly obvious all along that Flacco’s contract would be reworked to lessen the cap numbers in 2016-2018. As a Ravens fan I am more concerned about their inability in recent years to select impact players in the draft. The Ravens have drafted only one Pro Bowl player since 2010. The first two selections in 2010 (Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody) and 2013 (Matt Elam, Arthur Brown) were very poor (to say the least) and help to explain the defensive issues.

  10. msc4realeagles says: Jan 21, 2016 9:17 AM

    What a bargain! Lol.

  11. haterade999 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:19 AM

    Non-story. He’s played at around $14 mil for the last three years, despite what trolls would lead you to believe.

    He already earned all his gtd money, so an extension is likely. The Ravens can also sit on his cap hit for a year before extending if they so choose.

  12. accipiterq says: Jan 21, 2016 9:20 AM

    Unless it’s Peyton in his prime or Brady in 07 those cap numbers are completely realistic. Dumb dumb dumb contract when it was first implemented, and even dumber now in hindsight.

  13. bazookajoeflacco says: Jan 21, 2016 9:29 AM

    The guy wins a Superbowl MVP and earns a huge franchise QB contract and get crucified by everyone. Meanwhile guys like Stafford, Ryan, Romo, Tannehill, Cutler and Rivers got huge deals and haven’t won anything and no one thinks twice about it.

  14. jddirtybird21 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:30 AM

    Super Bowls force GMs to make bad decisions when it comes to QBs. Flacco was never anything close to worth what they are paying him. He’s making top dollar because he got hot for 4 games.

  15. hogs2016 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:32 AM

    $30mm a year is pretty much the going rate for an elite qb though, no?

  16. tomtravis76 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:35 AM

    Flacco is the Ravens franchise QB, he isn’t going anywhere. Every team is looking for that guy, and the Ravens have their QB. You look at the way the Patriots and Brady work together and that is the path you follow in taking care of the franchise and the QB. Joe sits at the big boy table of QBs of Baltimore football QBs with Johnny U, Jones and Earl.
    Joe restructures, helps the team bring in upgrades to try and win Super Bowls. He will get paid and continue to make money in Baltimore well beyond his playing days.

  17. udkidd says: Jan 21, 2016 9:40 AM

    No, 20 million is the going rate.

  18. intrafinesse says: Jan 21, 2016 9:42 AM

    The salary cap goes up each year too, so this isn’t as deadly as it would have been a couple of years ago.
    The danger for the Ravens is what will they have to pay Flacco to extend him.
    Is it an extra 20MM/year? If so, that seems the going rate for an at least ok starting QB (in a few years). But Flacco may want more than just 2 more years added, he may want 5 years added, with guarantees. And maybe he wants more than 20/year. The Ravens need to avoid a short sighted deal that leaves them in a worse position in 3 years.

    They may be better off not extending him and eating the cap hit, banking on the rising salary cap.

  19. exoneratedbyscience says: Jan 21, 2016 9:45 AM

    Selfish pig. Thanks to his greed and the overrated Newsome/DeCosta drafting, we won’t have to worry about the Ravens going forward.

  20. bam5239 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:55 AM

    @haterade his cap number will double this year because his base is going from 4 million to 18 million. Theme Ravens have 2 real options
    1. Extension converting base salary to signing bouns
    2. Stright pay cut from 18 and 20 million over the next 3 years to 10 or less million. His cap hit would still be 20 million a year but not as close to 30 million as it is now.

  21. thenameisredskins says: Jan 21, 2016 9:55 AM

    This contract was structured so that when he reached this point, if things weren’t going well the Ravens could release him. But, Joe is a solid QB and releasing him is not an option. However, he is not of the quality that would be paid $28 mill and $31 Mill over the next 2 years. Especially coming off of knee surgery. My guess is that they will extend him out one year, and push $24 mill of his remaining 3 years into that last year, make $40 mill guaranteed over the next 4 years and allow the team to be able to keep him around for at least 3 years before doing another contract before that final extended year hits.

  22. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 21, 2016 9:57 AM

    Flacco’s underrated. He’s the got the biggest arm in the league. He can take hits like nobodys business. He doesnt turn the ball over.

    Hes got a perfect skill set for playoff football

  23. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 21, 2016 10:08 AM

    Good to hear from all the fans whose teams haven’t won a SB since 2012. As well as those whose teams who can’t win unless they cheat. LOL.

  24. haterade999 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:19 AM

    bam5239 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:55 AM

    @haterade his cap number will double this year because his base is going from 4 million to 18 million. Theme Ravens have 2 real options
    1. Extension converting base salary to signing bouns
    2. Stright pay cut from 18 and 20 million over the next 3 years to 10 or less million. His cap hit would still be 20 million a year but not as close to 30 million as it is now.

    _______________________

    Looking at probably 22/year for another 3 years, or 24/year with a longer extension. They can sit on it this year though if they want to. The Ravens have much more leverage after this year. I doubt they wait though.

  25. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 21, 2016 10:19 AM

    joemontanawasthegreatest says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:05 AM
    Since the cap restraints the Ravens haven’t done a lot of winning
    ———————————-
    They were in the divisional round last year. Back to back best offensive seasons despite 30 players on IR.

    What has your team done lately? Win the super bowl back to back?

  26. Steeley McBeam says: Jan 21, 2016 10:20 AM

    Ravens fans heads explode when they try to understand the restructures that the Steelers make every year but now that they’re payng Flacco $30m for 6 wins they’re all about it haha.

  27. lgw91s says: Jan 21, 2016 10:21 AM

    haterade999 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:19 AM
    Non-story. He’s played at around $14 mil for the last three years, despite what trolls would lead you to believe
    ———
    Not a troll but prefer facts. His salary cap in 2013 was $6.8, in 2014 was $14.8, and in 2015 was $14.55. He has received $62 M over the first 3 years. There is around $24 mil in cap charges that have to be eaten sometime.

  28. maninbrown says: Jan 21, 2016 10:27 AM

    Yeah, Flacco was terrible, should be out of the league, HE SUCKS!

    Yet Matt Ryan (who has won A SINGLE playoff game) got a bigger contract.

    So before you dingbats say Flacco isn’t worth it, you’re wrong. Had the Ravens not given him the contract, another team would have after winning the SB. The Ravens weren’t going to let him walk, so they did what they needed to.

  29. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 21, 2016 10:29 AM

    No. The Ravens haven’t won the super bowl since 2012… but no team has won it twice since 2012… so shut it.

    Ravens problems recently are due to drafting real bad. You don’t lose players of the caliber of Reed, Ray, Ray Rice, aging Suggs at the same time and stay competitive.

    Ravens needed this reboot. High draft pick. Impact players and that’s what they got.

    Ravens well be back and strong.

  30. lackofabetter says: Jan 21, 2016 10:29 AM

    flaccodelic says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:04 AM

    “Franchise QB with a Superbowl ring and a SB MVP award who has NEVER had a legit #1 WR, never gets in trouble and is willing to restructure his deal to help the team.

    Cue the comments about his eyebrows, or something.”

    I guy named “flaccodelic” sure does love him some Joe Flacco. Do you sit outside his house with binoculars every night too? sheeesh buddy

  31. lackofabetter says: Jan 21, 2016 10:33 AM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:08 AM

    Good to hear from all the fans whose teams haven’t won a SB since 2012. As well as those whose teams who can’t win unless they cheat. LOL.

    How did you like that Steelers playoff win troll meat?

  32. newjerseygiants says: Jan 21, 2016 10:42 AM

    I think they should change the salary cap guidelines with QB’s. Such as their salary factoring in after a certain number is reached, something like 20 million. Therefore, every dollar above that counts against the cap.

  33. tylawspick6 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:43 AM

    Good thing Ray Ray used that deer antler spray in 2012 because Ozzie Newsome’s work in Baltimore has been terrible both with contract values and his drafting.

    Since 2010, he’s been terrible.

    Comical how the media ignores these facts. They were rebuilding last year. They only made the playoffs because they played the god awful NFC South in 2014, which was 4 easy wins.

  34. patsfan1820 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:54 AM

    At least he admitted it, but he definitely needs to restructure so that the Ravens could get someone like an Alshon Jeffrey because they need to help Flacco out with some wide receiver depth. As someone said earlier the Brady formula to restructure the contract every 2 years so that the team can get talent at other skill positions. Ravens did suffer through a lot of injuries this year no question, but they also had the problem of not being able to finish games even with everyone healthy because I think they lost by one possession for what the first 7 or 8 weeks of the season?

  35. kenrobinson12 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:56 AM

    Lots of trolls out.

    This contract was understood as a 3 year deal when signed. This is that magic year where it gets redone.

    The reality is that when a franchise is known for instability at the QB position until a guy comes along, starts every game for 5 years and wins a SuperBowl (1 of 4 QBs in that 5 year period) he is going to get a huge bag of money. Especially given that the last time a QB won a SuperBowl with this team and was let go the team won a total of 1 playoff game after that until 2008 with Flacco.

    If the Ravens were to cut Flacco a minimum of a third of the league would give him the same money, likely more. QBs are just that hard to find. Except for the Boldin/Smith SuperBowl year who has he had to throw to?

  36. warotto9 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:59 AM

    tylawspick6 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:43 AM

    Good thing Ray Ray used that deer antler spray in 2012 because Ozzie Newsome’s work in Baltimore has been terrible both with contract values and his drafting.

    Since 2010, he’s been terrible.

    Comical how the media ignores these facts. They were rebuilding last year. They only made the playoffs because they played the god awful NFC South in 2014, which was 4 easy wins.

    ==================================
    Ummm…. you do realize the Ravens play in AFC North, which is consistently one of the best divisions in football. Since you’re talking about ignoring facts and all.

  37. jonevans511 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:00 AM

    exoneratedbyscience says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:45 AM

    Selfish pig. Thanks to his greed and the overrated Newsome/DeCosta drafting, we won’t have to worry about the Ravens going forward.

    ———————————————-

    Selfish pig? Wow. I’m sorry, are you the owner shelling out your money to pay Flacco? Were you privy to the negotiations between Flacco’s agent and the Ravens back when this deal was signed? Are you one of those people that wallows in their own broke misery while worrying about how other people spend their money? I feel bad for people like you because you think sports and life are somehow always about you. “Waaaah, his greed put the Ravens in a bad position. I don’t care that we won a Super Bowl with him and have been a relevant franchise essentially the whole time we’ve existed; IT’S ALL ABOUT MY FEELINGS!”. What’s funny is we can’t even tell if you’re a Ravens fan or not based on your comment.

    Stop whining and calling a grown man who’s worked his entire life to get to where he is a “selfish pig”. You’re the selfish one for making this about you and your view of the team going forward. You likely didn’t even realize that this whole article is about Flacco’s self-awareness with respect to his high cap number. He’s already prepared for re-negotiating/restructuring his deal, didn’t once say he wouldn’t, and you’re somehow complaining about his “greed”. This is exactly why athletes occasionally lash out at fans via social media; you all think the “hot takes” and insults you throw out there are harmless and accurate, but when you get called out for it you think the player went too far. Re-evaluate your life bro, the Ravens FO is a well-oiled machine for the most part (I’m not a fan of them for the record) and despite some recent misses in the draft/FA you’re in better shape than 2/3 of the league. Be a grownup and relax, it’s just sports.

  38. clipper522 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:13 AM

    Teams that would trade for Flacco and his current contract: Texans, Titans, Redskins, Bills, Eagles, Cowboys, 49ers, Vikings, Bears, Lions, Dolphins, Browns, Bengals, Falcons, Bucs, Jets, Rams. I would even say Denver and the Chargers too since Manning and Rivers are getting old.

    Teams that wouldn’t: Pats, Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Steelers, Saints, Packers, Giants, Jags, Colts.

    Ravens fans should feel great about their QB for many years to come.

  39. ravensfan says: Jan 21, 2016 11:36 AM

    clipper522 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 11:13 AM
    Teams that would trade for Flacco and his current contract: Texans, Titans, Redskins, Bills, Eagles, Cowboys, 49ers, Vikings, Bears, Lions, Dolphins, Browns, Bengals, Falcons, Bucs, Jets, Rams. I would even say Denver and the Chargers too since Manning and Rivers are getting old.

    Teams that wouldn’t: Pats, Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Steelers, Saints, Packers, Giants, Jags, Colts.

    Ravens fans should feel great about their QB for many years to come.

    —————————————————

    I believe you can add the cardinals and saints to the list

    Palmer and Brees both probably have 1-2 years left. Flacco has probably 5-7 good years left.

  40. petersjeffrey36 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:47 AM

    no doubt in my mind he is overpaid.. but im not sure why anyone thinks the structure of contracts is currently beneficial to anyone but the the team, so you tell a guy he’s worth 20 (Million) a year, but his contract starts at 14 and and by the time it hits over 20 the team wants him to restructure.. real average ends up in the high teens unless the guy refuses, and gets has to get cut makes no sense. Unless you believe said players’ values will increase (most likely only players looking at years 1-4 would fall in that category, should be paid like this.. that is unless as a player you know the real average is the lower number and the high number in the press is really just to force extension talks and feed your ego for being worth “20 mill” a year

  41. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 21, 2016 11:49 AM

    “Keep kicking that can down the road” is all we heard from Raven fans about Ben’s contract and now they are planning on doing it with Joe. This team needs too much and Joe’s contract is officially holding the team back.

  42. tylawspick6 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:50 AM

    I still laugh at how people, even some GMs in this league have no idea about leverage as a GM and how it ties into the health of your cap position.

    The same moron GMs, who keep getting jobs or keep their jobs after being mediocre or BAD, make the same mistakes over and over.

    The blueprint sits in Foxborough. It’s not that difficult. It’s been there for 15 years.

  43. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Jan 21, 2016 11:52 AM

    The Ratbirds screwed themselves for years with Joe’s ridiculous contract. Think about it, if Jacoby Jones doesn’t make an incredible adjustment on Joe’s horribly underthrown ball in that game against Denver, then make an amazing move to avoid the tackle and score the TD, the Ravens don’t even get to the Superbowl that year and Flacco doesn’t get this juicy contract. I hope he threw some cheddar to Jones after the fact since he has him to thank for getting that fat contract.

  44. baltimorons says: Jan 21, 2016 11:54 AM

    Hahahaha. Great signing. They could have gotten any 3rd string QB to play as well as Flacco did.

  45. ravforlife says: Jan 21, 2016 11:57 AM

    Not selfish or greedy, all he want’s is the prize!

  46. pillowporkers says: Jan 21, 2016 12:00 PM

    People can rip on Flacco all they want, but the guy has proven he can win a SB if you put the right people around him. Is he worth that? No, but you aren’t going to let him walk either.

  47. mmack66 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:00 PM

    warotto9 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:59 AM

    tylawspick6 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:43 AM

    Comical how the media ignores these facts. They were rebuilding last year. They only made the playoffs because they played the god awful NFC South in 2014, which was 4 easy wins.

    ==================================
    Ummm…. you do realize the Ravens play in AFC North, which is consistently one of the best divisions in football. Since you’re talking about ignoring facts and all.

    =========================
    Ummm…. you do realize that teams play different divisions each year, and in 2014, the AFC North played the AFC South.

  48. mmack66 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:04 PM

    And the NFC South.

  49. greg3117 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:05 PM

    clipper522 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 11:13 AM

    Teams that would trade for Flacco and his current contract: Texans, Titans, Redskins, Bills, Eagles, Cowboys, 49ers, Vikings, Bears, Lions, Dolphins, Browns, Bengals, Falcons, Bucs, Jets, Rams. I would even say Denver and the Chargers too since Manning and Rivers are getting old.

    Teams that wouldn’t: Pats, Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Steelers, Saints, Packers, Giants, Jags, Colts.

    Ravens fans should feel great about their QB for many years to come.
    ******************************************

    I think you are wrong on about half of those. Do you realize that 50% of the teams you mentioned are financially married to their QBs for the near future or just drafted someone, like Mariota for instance?

  50. iamedreed says: Jan 21, 2016 12:21 PM

    the going rate for for top 10 QBs is 20M a season, exactly what joe got, so why are the ravens in so much worse shape then half of the other teams in the league?

    ryan tannehill is about to make 17m this year and people wanna talk about a SB MVP???

  51. yyyass says: Jan 21, 2016 12:28 PM

    Previous to the Denver/Jacoby game was Ray Rice gaining 29-and-a-half yards after the catch on a fourth and 29 to even get to Denver.

    Flacco supporters can only point to wins, but they never point to losses, which is a ridiculously stupid and simplistic way of evaluating a player. And in Baltimore there is a good amount of Great White Hope-ism going on with him, so they grant him ALL credit and NO blame, while the Black players get called out for everything plus imaginary failures. Flacco never makes receivers look better. It always has to be the other way around for him. He doesn’t study and adjust to opponent defenses for crap. He’s actually a terribly inaccurate long ball passer. Look it up. He’s like a long range shotgun, not a canon.

    But we can win with him at QB for a fair contract (we won a SB with Dilfer at QB for godssakes) but not because of him. Too may fans want to throw piles of money at him while disparaging all the other Ravens – (particularly the Defense) that usually outperforms the Offense year in and year out since Flacco started. Only the SB year did the O beat the D, and that was when they were ranked 16th and 17th respectively.

    So pay him a reasonable amount based on his actual contribution and we’ll stock up around him. Otherwise we’ll overpay and get 17th to 28th ranked numbers out of him for top-3 QB money – and never sniff the playoffs for 6 or 7 years.

  52. davew128 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:45 PM

    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:00 AM

    Restructure, substantial signing bonus, tear it up again in 2 years. The Brady formula
    ************************************
    The Brady formula involves playing for a below market salary so the team can sign/keep other players…

  53. cfeeley52 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:55 PM

    lackofabetter says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:33 AM
    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:08 AM

    Good to hear from all the fans whose teams haven’t won a SB since 2012. As well as those whose teams who can’t win unless they cheat. LOL.

    How did you like that Steelers playoff win troll meat?
    ———————————-
    You mean the one that was gifted to you by burfict and pacman??? I’d say it’s nothing to brag about…

  54. toybkshr says: Jan 21, 2016 1:00 PM

    @ rulesoflogic says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:17 AM
    It was fairly obvious all along that Flacco’s contract would be reworked to lessen the cap numbers in 2016-2018. As a Ravens fan I am more concerned about their inability in recent years to select impact players in the draft. The Ravens have drafted only one Pro Bowl player since 2010. The first two selections in 2010 (Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody) and 2013 (Matt Elam, Arthur Brown) were very poor (to say the least) and help to explain the defensive issues.———————————————————————————-
    Well said & accurate! The big but market contract for Flacco necessitated letting talented players walk & that doesn’t allow for the draft miscues you mention & the team to remain “what it was” for years.

    I’m not a Raven fan, but I think it’s safe to say they have bottomed out & will be on the rise again. But, that offense needs a lot more than a couple good draft picks!

  55. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 21, 2016 1:11 PM

    It’s hard not to reward a QB who takes you to the playoffs six out of seven years, wins at least one PO game every time, and wins a SB. Plus, he’s a decent person unlike some people who still won’t come clean about the sordid stunts they’ve pulled in bar restrooms. But then again, karma takes care of them, especially when they go to Denver. LOL.

  56. clipper522 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:13 PM

    greg3117 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 12:05 PM

    I think you are wrong on about half of those. Do you realize that 50% of the teams you mentioned are financially married to their QBs for the near future or just drafted someone, like Mariota for instance?

    95% of NFL teams are financially committed to a QB. The point was more that every one of those teams mentioned would rather have Flacco than their current QB. I put the Titans on there and not Oakland, Jacksonville because Carr and Bortles have proven they are young, franchise QBs to build around.

  57. kevo95 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:18 PM

    You suck Flacco

  58. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 21, 2016 1:20 PM

    @yyyass says:

    I will grant that Joe is frustrating sometimes. To me, it’s the games against a Jacksonsville team when we should demolish them that boggles the mind. But let’s get a grip. Championships are built on good players, and some luck. Sometimes you have it on your side. Sometimes you don’t.

    Let’s not forget Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff. Let’s not forget last year against the Pats. It is a team game, but he built 2 different 14 point leads to have the eventual Super Bowl winner and alltime great, Brady/Bellicheck beat us. The offense did not lose that game.

    Even this year, yes we absolutely stank. But if Steve Smith catches a ball on his hands week 1, we likely beat the Broncos. I think Denver is in a big game this weekend last I checked.

    And in case you don’t hear it, I hear plenty of criticism of Joe. More than on any one player of any color or race on the team. Maybe RL got more criticism nationally before he retired, but that wasn’t for his play on the field.

    I hear frustration in your post. I am with you to a point. But Joe can be a very good QB, but not not elite. I hope he steps it up. But relax some. He catches plenty of crap when he doesn’t deliver. Just like any other player. Probably more.

  59. youdrivemenutseagles says: Jan 21, 2016 1:28 PM

    I’ve got nothing but love for Flacco. Dude earned that contract by betting on himself. You gotta love that.

  60. longlasting2824 says: Jan 21, 2016 2:05 PM

    As a Pats fan, I hope Flacco gets a huge pay raise. I mean, Harbaugh said he’s the best quarterback ever…….

  61. thenameisredskins says: Jan 21, 2016 2:15 PM

    clipper522 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 11:13 AM

    Teams that would trade for Flacco and his current contract: Texans, Titans, Redskins, Bills, Eagles, Cowboys, 49ers, Vikings, Bears, Lions, Dolphins, Browns, Bengals, Falcons, Bucs, Jets, Rams. I would even say Denver and the Chargers too since Manning and Rivers are getting old.

    Teams that wouldn’t: Pats, Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Steelers, Saints, Packers, Giants, Jags, Colts.

    Ravens fans should feel great about their QB for many years to come.
    **************************************
    I like Joe, but as a Skins fan, I am happy with Cousins. So, you can take the Skins off of that list. As well as the Vikings, Lions, Bengals, Falcons and Bucs.

    Also, and this is not meant for Clipper, but for those that don’t seem to understand how NFL salaries are paid.

    When a player signs a contract, the important numbers to look for are Signing Bonus, Roster Bonus, Total Guaranteed Money, and the Structure of Payments. People seem to be getting hung up on why teams would get rid of a player once their cap number hits a certain dollar amount. That amount is not a true number. For instance, let’s say a team signs a player to a 5 year $100 million contract, with $45 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $25 million. The team structures the contract so that year one, the player has a cap number of $8 million, year two is $12 million, year 3 is $15 million. Then, year four jumps up to $30 million and year 5 is $35 million. The reality is that those last 2 years are filled with the non guaranteed portion of the deal, plus the pro rated portion of the signing bonus (5 million per year). Unfortunately, the Ravens have alot of guaranteed money tied up with Joe’s contract here at the end. Something like $30 million. That’s why they would extend him, and convert some of that money into bonus money and spread it out over the rest of the extension. Not ideal, but that is the reality of the new way QBs will be paid now.

  62. steelerben says: Jan 21, 2016 3:19 PM

    The issue is not whether or not Flacco deserves to be paid a large salary. The issue is if the team can eat that large a cap number and be competitive. Clearly they can’t, so they are going to do what every single other NFL team does and kick the can down the road. He’ll have the last two year of the deal restructured so most of the salary is converted into a signing bonus, drive down his yearly salary, and spread the cap hit out. They will continue doing this until Flacco is at the end of his career, and they will then eat the cap hit the year he retires and the team needs to rebuild.

    I’m not an NFL GM, but I do have a working brain.

  63. fivechampionships says: Jan 21, 2016 6:15 PM

    This is really simple. Since 2010, the guy has played in 10 playoff games, won 7 of them, and has thrown 24 TD’s to 4 INT’s.

    So yeah, I guess he just got hot for a few games 1 year.

    Of course you have to pay him. The criticism on this guy is over the top. Is he Brady or Rodgers? Of course not. But the guy can play, and when it counts.

  64. pittsburghdamned says: Jan 22, 2016 12:56 AM

    -just here to read all the Flacco jabs!

    Good stuff!

  65. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 22, 2016 9:21 AM

    What is realistic is a whole lot of 11-for-25, 140yd games in Flaccos future.

  66. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 22, 2016 10:18 AM

    @crown

    You are so predictable. But your prognostications aren’t. How many of those games has he had?

    We get it. You don’t like him. But you can say that and not look as dumb as you do. Or can you?

  67. bebopa says: Jan 22, 2016 12:16 PM

    The Ravens are afraid to approach Flacco about redoing his conract. He is an average, overpaid quarterback. A guy like Alex Smith could do just as good if not better. As a Raven fan i hope that they get him to restructure, if he doesnt heads are going to roll in 2017.

  68. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 22, 2016 8:57 PM

    I’d rather be restructuring Flacco’s contract than trying to rebuild that pathetic Steelers’ organization that will never win another game in Denver or Baltimore. LOL.

  69. jayhit says: Jan 28, 2016 1:53 PM

    The Ravens are a joke love watching this team fall apart….. Just remember everyone is laughing at how crappy your team is purple jersey wearing fruits

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