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Ravens, Flacco making progress

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Three years after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco parlayed a Super Bowl MVP trophy into a record contract, he has a different type of leverage. Specifically, he has a looming cap number of $28.55 million, which the Ravens need to chop down via a restructured or extended contract.

In response to a report from Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun that a new deal is close, agent Joe Linta tells PFT that the two sides will talk again on Sunday.

“Close enough to keep going,” Linta said of the talks.

The two sides still aren’t close, relatively speaking, to the deadline for complying with the 2016 league year salary cap. That comes on March 9, still well over a week away.

The fact that the two sides are making progress so far in advance of the deadline suggests a spirit of pragmatism and mutual cooperation. Flacco, who signed a contract that was backloaded from a cap standpoint to help the team pay him $62 million over three years, apparently realizes the differences in the circumstances between 2013 and 2016.

Last time, it was time to get paid as much as he could. This time, it’s time to do something fair and reasonable for both sides, continuing his current $20 million per year average (with maybe a modest bump) while also ensuring that the team has the room to maneuver under the annual spending limit.

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43 Responses to “Ravens, Flacco making progress”
  1. kevo95 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:31 PM

    Overrated

  2. pftbro says: Feb 27, 2016 6:32 PM

    What a waste of money, most over-payed QB in NFL history.

  3. j0esixpack says: Feb 27, 2016 6:34 PM

    With so much money paid up front, it seems to me that there Ravens are going to have to extend what’s effectively a $30 mil a year cap hit for a few more years

    His contact isn’t one that will produce much savings – it’s one that almost HAD to be extended

    That’s not a team friendly contract Ravens fans – hate to break it to you.

    Colin Kaepernick? Now that (was) a team friendly contract.

    Savvy?

  4. floratiotime says: Feb 27, 2016 6:39 PM

    When reached for comment Drew Brees said his contract was ridiculous.

  5. pftbro says: Feb 27, 2016 6:41 PM

    Time fro Tebow, Ratbirds…

  6. chazthespaz says: Feb 27, 2016 6:49 PM

    Elite.

  7. mongo3401 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:50 PM

    They need the $$$$ because Osemele is going to hit FA. They will have a better idea by March 8 what his market value is.

  8. ravensfan56 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:50 PM

    This team is a mess. I think it’s time for a new GM.

    -Ravens fan

  9. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 27, 2016 6:55 PM

    It’s all coming together and the haters just can’t stand it. Another successful Ravens season is on the way and another sweep of the jealous Steers is imminent. LOL.

  10. edgarpoe3 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:58 PM

    pftbro says:
    Feb 27, 2016 6:32 PM

    What a waste of money, most over-payed QB in NFL history.
    —————-
    Perhaps it is your spelling that is over-rated. There’s this thing called spellcheck that should help you.😉

  11. sjm1717 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:59 PM

    So ridiculous that he got that deal to begin with

  12. edgarpoe3 says: Feb 27, 2016 7:01 PM

    Flacco is a great quarterback for the Ravens. It’s not all about statistics. It’s about winning. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a better QB that can win consistently. He will get his money and the team will get more cap space. Both sides will be happy and Flacco will remain a Raven for a long time.

  13. Peyton Needed the Slap Arm says: Feb 27, 2016 7:03 PM

    Joe Flukeo

  14. triggerdawg says: Feb 27, 2016 7:08 PM

    Yea sign him up for many years,maybe he will pass for more than a measly 117 yds against the Broncos and old noodle arm!!!

  15. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Feb 27, 2016 7:17 PM

    Such a moronic organization

  16. intrafinesse says: Feb 27, 2016 7:27 PM

    They paid him a lot, plus, the way the contract was structured, they knew this big hit was coming. They should have planned better, by spending a couple of million less per year, and rolling it forward to the day of reckoning.

    In fairness to the Ravens, even though Flacco isn’t great, he’s still ok, and if you let him walk, you can spend years and many #1s trying to find a replacement. Its better to over pay 2MM a year for 5 years.

    On the other hand, he took a lot of money, and they skimped on the OLine, resulting in him suffering a serious injury..

  17. nhpats says: Feb 27, 2016 7:46 PM

    Who will be worse this year…..the Ravens or the Cowboys?

  18. babygaga19 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:02 PM

    Mayock is Meyer’s adviser?? Wow!

  19. 6ball says: Feb 27, 2016 8:31 PM

    .
    The Ravens could finish 4-12 without him….. just saying.
    .

  20. enoughofthatalready says: Feb 27, 2016 8:33 PM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Feb 27, 2016 6:55 PM
    It’s all coming together and the haters just can’t stand it. Another successful Ravens season is on the way and another sweep of the jealous Steers is imminent. LOL.

    A sweep could not keep the Steelers out of the playoffs, could not prevent the Steelers from winning a playoff game, and could not raise the Ravens from yet another 3rd place finish (thank the Browns). I love how an article having nothing to do with the Steelers makes a troll obsessed with the Steelers mention the Steelers. Your username is a little old chief.

  21. enoughofthatalready says: Feb 27, 2016 8:37 PM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Feb 27, 2016 6:55 PM
    It’s all coming together and the haters just can’t stand it. Another successful Ravens season is on the way and another sweep of the jealous Steers is imminent. LOL.

    Coming together? The top 3 offensive players are coming off bad injuries, the team can’t keep a tight end off the injured list or away from suspension, free agency is going to pull away at least 1 of their best Ol, the qb is bankrupting the team, the #1 pick from last year proclaimed to be a draft steal had not played a down …what is coming together?

  22. whodey420 says: Feb 27, 2016 9:12 PM

    They have to make cap room so they can sign Trent Richardson. lmao :/

  23. trainwrecksryan says: Feb 27, 2016 9:14 PM

    Cut him. That SB win was a Dilfer-sized fluke.

  24. whodey420 says: Feb 27, 2016 9:46 PM

    This is a quote from an article on here 2 or 3 days ago.

    “We are in a position that we can be very active in free agency without having to get something done with Joe,” G.M. Ozzie Newsome told reporters on Wednesday, via the team’s official website.

    They had a little over $6 million in cap space and tagged their kicker which cost $4.5 million.

    How could he say something like that with a straight face?
    I’m seriously surprised the reporters didn’t just erupt
    in laughter!

  25. laxer37 says: Feb 27, 2016 10:22 PM

    A top 10 quarterback, making top 2 quarterback money.

    Big reason the Ravens have no talent at the offensive skill positions and are now kicking the tires on guys like Trent Richardson.

  26. mrbiggstuff says: Feb 27, 2016 11:41 PM

    Flacco is worth $20/year to the Ravens. He’s not worth $20/year in terms of his talent.

    Until he really starts to fall off the table, he’s gonna have to Ravens by the short and curlies with his leverage.

  27. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 28, 2016 7:32 AM

    Good to see that news of a deal is making the Steelers’ fans freak out, as if they knew what they were talking about. They should concentrate on getting Tebowed, having back to back 8-8 seasons, getting humiliated at home during their first PO game in 3 years, getting swept By the Ravens which denied them a bye and forced them to play in Denver where winning is all but impossible unless you’re Joe Flacco with :40 on the clock. LOL.

  28. skinsfolife says: Feb 28, 2016 8:13 AM

    The decline of the blavens has begun and will continue for years to come. Ozzie is one of the worst gm’s in the league the last 5 years. Winebaugh will be fired in two years, and blahven fans will stop going to games. This is why Irsay skipped town. Bad management.

  29. amaf21 says: Feb 28, 2016 8:21 AM

    Don’t renegotiate. Let him see how much he enjoys being surrounded by a team of ex-CFLers.

  30. tellmeaboutitbaby says: Feb 28, 2016 8:39 AM

    Ravens finish 4-12 with or without him – cut him and spend the money elsewhere

  31. jayhit says: Feb 28, 2016 8:56 AM

    Everyone is laughing at your team! In Ozzie we trust hahaha

  32. Kolo Jezdec says: Feb 28, 2016 9:08 AM

    Steelers fan here. I do not understand all of the hatred and vitriol aimed at Mr. Flacco. Probably 2/3 of the teams in the NFL would be happy to have him leading their offense. Good solid QB who has done more with less than most QBs.

    He as many SB wins and SB MVP awards as Rodgers and Brees, and Flacco’s playoff record (10-5) is far better than either Rodgers (7-6) or Brees (6-5).

    I will still take Big Ben over Flacco any day, but give the man his due…

  33. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 28, 2016 10:01 AM

    Good to see that news of a deal is making the Steelers’ fans freak out, as if they knew what they were talking about. They should concentrate on getting Tebowed, having back to back 8-8 seasons, getting humiliated at home during their first PO game in 3 years, getting swept By the Ravens which denied them a bye and forced them to play in Denver where winning is all but impossible unless you’re Joe Flacco with :40 on the clock. LOL.

    If by freaking out you mean rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably you nailed it. For years trolls like yourself have mocked the Steelers cap hell but now the criminals are in it you hear ….. Crickets. So tell me about how much the criminals sucked last year Mr Category 3. This year you have more holes to fill than a pasta strainer… Good luck because can’t draft we’d to save his life. Jump Ball. Joe needs some new jumpers but the problem is Ozzie wouldn’t know one if he fell over one.

  34. nachofacefakeindian says: Feb 28, 2016 11:30 AM

    The Ravens well always be second fiddle to the Redskins in the DMV.

  35. streetyson says: Feb 28, 2016 12:35 PM

    “A top 10 quarterback, making top 2 quarterback money”
    —————
    He’s not even a top 10 – his 84.8 career passer rating is 18th among 2015’s QBs. But it ain’t just about passer stats – for much of Flacco’s career the Ravens had a great D which carried that team, without which Flacco would barely have seen any playoffs, let alone any SB, so his elite salary is utterly ridiculous and would have been much better spread across more offense investments.

  36. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 28, 2016 12:45 PM

    A Steelers team that went 12-4 wouldn’t have had to go to Denver. Think about it. Hurts, I know. LOL.

  37. triggerdawg says: Feb 28, 2016 2:06 PM

    Joe flacco with :40 on the clock! are you serious? What fourth and forty and needed two yards to get to 117 passing yds? Old noodle arm owned jump ball!!!!

  38. triggerdawg says: Feb 28, 2016 2:08 PM

    A Ravens team that went 5 and 11and went nowhere. Hurts I know

  39. easternshoresfinest says: Feb 28, 2016 9:36 PM

    Do me a favor and Google the team’s defensive ranking the year the Ravens won the super bowl. I’ll wait.

    streetyson says:

    He’s not even a top 10 – his 84.8 career passer rating is 18th among 2015’s QBs. But it ain’t just about passer stats – for much of Flacco’s career the Ravens had a great D which carried that team, without which Flacco would barely have seen any playoffs, let alone any SB, so his elite salary is utterly ridiculous and would have been much better spread across more offense investments.

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 28, 2016 10:16 PM

    ravens and flacco talks progressing = ravens organization is regressing

  41. spartan01 says: Feb 28, 2016 10:54 PM

    These comments are predictable. Please someone get more clever or at least provide an informed, data driven, comment.

  42. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 29, 2016 10:09 AM

    Absolutely right. Easternshoresfinest makes a brilliant point. Ravens had an average at best defense when Flacco won the SB. But the jealous Steeler trolls don’t want to hear it. Just like they don’t want to hear that their own PO win since Jan 2011 was totally illegitimate. Rather than worry about Joe’s deal, they should sign Porter and Munchak to long term deals so they can pick more fights and pull more hair. That’s the only way that team moves down the field. LOL.

  43. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 29, 2016 10:30 AM

    As long as Shazier keeps causing multiple fumbles by the opposing team’s soft-handed RB’s, we’ll be fine, tebowed.

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