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Flacco makes it clear: New contract was about creating cap space

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The Ravens have displayed a bizarre degree of stubbornness regarding the new contract recently given to quarterback Joe Flacco. At the team’s official website, for example, the headline blared that the “Ravens Extended Joe Flacco To Win, Not Save Cap Room.”

“As much as the media doesn’t believe him, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome continues to say that his team didn’t have to reach a contract extension with quarterback Joe Flacco to remain competitive,” the article states.

“We did not do a deal to gain cap room,” the article quotes Newsome as saying. “We did a deal so Joe Flacco could be on this football team for the next six years.”

With all due respect to the Ravens, why are they trying to hard to make this look like something that it wasn’t? With Flacco’s cap number skyrocketing from $14.55 million in 2015 to $28.55 million in 2016 under his old deal, of course the move was driven by cutting down his cap number. Why else would any team extend the contract of a player rehabbing an ACL tear when the player has three years left on his current contract?

Appearing on Friday’s PFT Live, Flacco made it clear that the new contract came from cap concerns.

“We’ve got a bunch of good players and we’ve got a great foundation already but with the way the deal was before I mean it might not have been this year but at some point there was gonna be a strain on what we could do and what kind of guys we could bring in,” Flacco said. “You don’t wanna see any of the guys on your team have to be let go because of some issue with the cap and I wanted to play here. I wanted to play here, I want to play here, continue to play here for a long time. So getting something done I just felt like it helped out you know a couple things. It keeps me here for a long time and it also allows us to go do some things that you know we may need to do and it allows us to keep guys that we might have to think about doing things with if we didn’t get anything done.”

It’s actually better for the Ravens to admit that the new contract was necessitated by a prior contract that paid out $62 million over three years with only $36 million of the amount hitting the cap than to create the impression that they’ll spontaneously rip up the contract of a player they like with three years left on it. It’s a bad precedent that invites other players who don’t like their current deals to begin clamoring for a new contract.

Sure, the Ravens can say they only do that with their quarterback. Or maybe they’ll say later what they just should have said now, since it’s also the truth: They gave a quarterback with three years left on his existing deal and a new ACL a new contract because they didn’t want to carry a $28.55 million cap number for him int0 2016.

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28 Responses to “Flacco makes it clear: New contract was about creating cap space”
  1. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 5, 2016 11:31 AM

    Didn’t they also insist Ray Rice was a great guy and his fiancé was to blame for Ray Rice going Mike Tyson on her. The Ravens must be as dumb as politicians if they think we believe what they are shoveling.

  2. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2016 11:33 AM

    You expect the truth from a team with a statue of a felon? Don’t be silly!

  3. tccoats says: Mar 5, 2016 11:35 AM

    Yeah, but they only saved $6M, which in the grand scheme of things is not that significant, especially with cap going up $12-13M

  4. bubbahotepp says: Mar 5, 2016 11:39 AM

    Now all they have to do is bail Terrell Suggs out of jail. Can’t wait to watch the Ravens implode the next few years. ‘Getcha popcorn ready…’

  5. floratiotime says: Mar 5, 2016 11:42 AM

    Drew Brees has called Flacco greedy.

  6. corky2141 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:46 AM

    Ruben Amaro Jr must be helping Ozzie out with contract negotiations.

  7. zackd2 says: Mar 5, 2016 11:48 AM

    Media not allowed to talk negatively about Ozzie!! He’s a genius because everybody says so!

  8. mrfoozball says: Mar 5, 2016 11:55 AM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation!

  9. intrafinesse says: Mar 5, 2016 12:47 PM

    >.“We did not do a deal to gain cap room,” the article quotes Newsome as saying. “We did a deal so Joe Flacco could be on this football team for the next six years.”

    Then why do the extension now, rather than wait a year or two and see how Flacco is doing. He has had one decent year in the past 3, so there was no rush to sign him well in advance of his contract ending.
    They had him for 3 years more, so why extend him at a premium QB price?

    This was about cap room, but they didn’t save much, and locked them selves into Flacco at a high price for a long time. If Flacco declines [he is 31 now], I’d rather not pay him 22M/year, I’d rather risk drafting a QB.
    I’d rather at age 34, if he’s declined a bit, draft a QB, rather than pay him 22M/year.

    I don’t think teh Ravens handled this one well.

  10. lscottman3 says: Mar 5, 2016 12:53 PM

    Of course some fans believe plenty of cap room as level increases each year

    Looking at you Seahawks fans and now Broncos fans will realize the fallacy of that

  11. j0esixpack says: Mar 5, 2016 1:00 PM

    Remember when Ravens fans insisted that his previous contract was team friendly?? ;)-

    This one is ok – except for the fact that they just now can’t afford to cut a QB with a bad acl for the next 6 years

  12. whodey420 says: Mar 5, 2016 2:41 PM

    I can’t believe Newsome is still pushing this angle.
    Before Flacco’s new contract they had a little over
    $6 million in cap space. $4.5 million went to Tucker.
    How stupid does he think people are?
    At those numbers, they wouldn’t even have enough
    to sign their draft picks.

  13. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 5, 2016 3:05 PM

    Ozzie is just saying that it was more important to lock Joe in for six years than to save some cap money this year. We appreciate all the jealous comments from those wanting to be us but you’re only repeating the same errors you made when Ray Lewis was wrongly accused. Cheers.

  14. ravensfan56 says: Mar 5, 2016 3:07 PM

    Flacco is a decent QB at a time when finding one in the NFL Draft is becoming increasingly difficult. I am glad the deal got done even though it is much too expensive, then again, the likes of overrated QBs like Tannehill, Ryan, Stafford, and Bradford are getting ridiculous contracts. Those QBs will never win anything. Flacco needs some weapons as the Ravens have never had a WR make the pro bowl.

    -Ravens fan

  15. pftcancer says: Mar 5, 2016 3:09 PM

    bubbahotepp says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:39 AM

    Now all they have to do is bail Terrell Suggs out of jail. Can’t wait to watch the Ravens implode the next few years. ‘Getcha popcorn ready…’

    ========================

    You’re going to be watching for quite a while before you see them have another losing season.

  16. touchdownelvis says: Mar 5, 2016 3:15 PM

    I don’t understand why it’s one or the other – creating cap room helps you win, as long as you spend it on more quality players.

  17. evrybdyhas1 says: Mar 5, 2016 3:16 PM

    I can’t believe you don’t understand leverage in a negotiation. Newsome has to poker face the idea he had a plan to move forward with the existing contract otherwise it would be a grab your ankle deal for the Raven’s. In this deal Flacco got mucho $$$ upfront Raven’s get cap and a deal that is flatter as the cap increases. really a very simple thing to understand. Duh!

  18. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 5, 2016 3:26 PM

    Things aren’t looking so rosy for that team that wears the purple and black.

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2016 3:28 PM

    Ozzie is just saying that it was more important to lock Joe in for six years than to save some cap money this year. We appreciate all the jealous comments from those wanting to be us but you’re only repeating the same errors you made when Ray Lewis was wrongly accused. Cheers.

    The Ravens and their fans are comfortable with lying and distorting the facts and they fool only themselves. Why do you think honest Joe is speaking up? Tebow troll did you forget the felony plea deal that bum Lewis struck to lie his way out. Tebowntroll find me a white suit and then I’ll believe a Raven……never happen.

  20. rixter59 says: Mar 5, 2016 3:53 PM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn –

    None of us want to be “you” and Ray Lewis is a murderer

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 5, 2016 4:17 PM

    Mr. Unibrow will need to carry his team with that kind of salary. No way they will be able to afford talented roster to help him out.

  22. 6thsense10 says: Mar 5, 2016 4:19 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Mar 5, 2016 1:00 PM
    Remember when Ravens fans insisted that his previous contract was team friendly?? ;)-

    This one is ok – except for the fact that they just now can’t afford to cut a QB with a bad acl for the next 6 years
    ———
    Actually I remember when Ravens fans were trying to explain to people that were mocking the deal and acting like the sky was falling that Flacco’s contract was manageable through the first 3 years. And they were right. Almost every single Ravrns fan I met knew the contract would have to be renegotiated after year 3. Evidently that explanation was too complex for you to grasp.

  23. fatsolio says: Mar 5, 2016 5:40 PM

    Why is Flacco acting like his deal is great for the team? He got a raise and his cap figures are still high.

    He’s acting like his new deal cut his cap figure in half and that going forward he’s going to have tiny cap hits.

  24. camcameronsucks says: Mar 5, 2016 6:21 PM

    The Ravens front office said they didn’t do it for cap room because they were still negotiating with Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta.

    If they came out and said they need to do it for cap room then they appear desperate and are virtually giving Flacco and his agent the upper hand.

    Read between the lines.

  25. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 5, 2016 7:39 PM

    Poor Steelers’ fans. Nothing to do but troll on every word that comes out of a champion’s mouth. I wish you well up there where the air is full of coal dust and the smell of stale beer and sweat. What a miserable existence made even more tragic by your team’s second consecutive meltdown in the Mile High City. Carry on.

  26. concretejimmy52 says: Mar 6, 2016 11:19 AM

    I see another sweep. Already cut loose a couple of players. Drafting early this year is right on time. Chess not checkers.

  27. Moudabo says: Mar 6, 2016 10:26 PM

    Yes my friends, Flacco is Elite!
    His contract tells me so. It now cements that fact.

    It also says that the Ravens are now stuck with
    that weighty contract for the duration, and Ozzie
    will need to carry that hefty load, while scavenging
    through the scrap heap to fill out the rest of
    his roster.

  28. jacktheraven says: Mar 7, 2016 7:53 AM

    Don’t confuse cap space with wins. Look at Jacksonville & Cleveland. Teams need a franchise QB. Ravens have theirs. Joe is 4th among wins and FIRST with playoff wins since his rookie year. All this other garbage means nothing to Ozzie and the Ravens F.O.

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