Flacco could get more than $20 million under exclusive franchise tag


A month ago, the Ravens seemed to be destined to use the franchise tag on quarterback Joe Flacco, even though his performance arguably didn’t merit a one-year deal worth $14.6 million.  The alternative was to let him hit the open market.

Now, it’s a no-brainer that the Ravens will apply the franchise tag to Flacco, if the two sides can’t work out a long-term deal soon.  But if the Ravens win the Super Bowl and if Flacco has a big game, the Ravens would be taking a huge risk by using the non-exclusive version of the tag, since a quarterback-needy and cap-rich team could be very tempted to give up two first-round picks for a crack at Flacco.

So the Ravens may have to use the exclusive version of the franchise tag, which would prevent him from talking to other teams and which would pay Flacco the average of the five highest quarterback cap numbers for the 2013 league year.  The tentative numbers are, according to a source with access to the information, $21.55 million for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, $20.82 million for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, $20.35 million for Giants quarterback Eli Manning, $20 million for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and $19.6 million for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

That equates to an average of $20.464 million.But here’s the caveat.  Restructurings aimed at reducing those cap numbers would drop the average, pulling Flacco’s exclusive franchise tender lower.  Still, the final number will be significantly higher than $14.6 million, and the higher number will be the starting point for talks on a long-term deal.

Don’t feel sorry for the Ravens.  They opted not to do a deal when doing so would have resulted in a much bigger bargain.  If Baltimore wins on Sunday, the gamble Flacco was forced to make will result in a major payday, one way or the other.

52 responses to “Flacco could get more than $20 million under exclusive franchise tag

  1. Bal has sertous cap issues don’t they, so this may be his “last ride” too. At least with Bal.

  2. All of the quarterbacks listed above are each known for their own, unique qualities:
    Tom Brady: Throwing TD passes.
    Matthew Stafford: Throwing to Calvin Johnson.
    Eli Manning: Peyton’s younger brother.
    Peyton Manning: Greatest regular-season QB of all-time.
    Ben Roethlisberger: Extending plays and settling for field goals.
    Joe Flacco: Big arm.
    Sounds to me as though some on the list are overpaid. Glad it’s not my money.

  3. One of those five top paid QBs is not like the others. Can you guess which one? If you guessed Stafford you’re right! Great job kids finding the over paid QB

  4. This kid has been doing some serious growing up these past months. Goes to show what you can get out of an apparent middle-of-the-road kind of QB, with the right coaching and a whole lot of patience.

  5. They should bite a teams hand off if they were to give up two 1sts for Joe Flacco. He’d be sitting at home right now if not for a lucky hail mary

  6. Even if he wins the Superbowl…he still wouldn’t be worth it….they are where they are because of that Defense. Take the Defense away and see how he does before he give him the money.

  7. If some team wants to give the Ravens 2 first round picks and $100 million plus for Joe Flacco, the Ravens would be more than happy to let him go. Absolutely no chance this happens, strap $14.6 tag on him, try to get a reasonable deal done (Top 10 QB money)…and if he wants more than that, keep him under the tag and address it again next year.

  8. the ravens need Flacco. Since Ray Lewis is retiring the offense is going to carry the team a little more and Flacco’s play in the playoffs and beating Denver and New England. No matter what happens in the super bowl Flacco should get a long term deal.

  9. That number will drop after the Ravens lose
    to the 49’ers.

    The 49’ers are working on filling up the
    other hand with rings.

  10. Win or lose, Flacco’s gonna get paid. I don’t think the result of one game, no matter how big, changes the bottom line on a new contract by more than 10%. At least in this case.

  11. I would be interested to see how that would affect the Ravens overall cap situation. If they have to gut the rest of the team to get to that point, maybe the 2 number ones should be considered. It seems like most of the teams that have a lot of cap money and no quality starter have bad records and a paucity of good receivers so the picks would likely be pretty high. Unfortunately the Ravens do not have a viable backup in Taylor, so they would need to go the free agent route for a 2013 starter. Their 1st round pick will either be 31 or 32, so they can’t expect too much in the 2013 draft. So unless they are willing to go the way Indy did in 2011, they look to be between Scylla and Charybdis in this situation.

  12. Even the haters can’t think Stafford deserves more than Flacco. A big percentage of credit for whatever yards Stafford gets has to go to Megatron.

  13. It is incorrect to say that Baltimore opted not to do a deal.
    Flacco did the smart thing or looks extremely smart now by turning down a 17 mil/yr contract before the season for 5 yrs reported by sources.
    Bottom line is they need to get a long term deal done or the Ravens will have to work magic through restructuring of contracts etc to sign other free agents or have possible cuts if Boldin, J Jones which they probably don’t want to do
    Enough about contracts- it’s Game Day!
    Ravens 23-17

  14. This is starting to get to the point if the money these guys are making gets much higher I am going to stop watching. Their playing a game. Come on now!!

  15. He is going to have a really big game and put the Ravens in a financial situation.

    Say it isn’t so Joe! You are about to get paid!

    People might say you are not an elite quarterback, buy you are about to get elite quarterback money.

  16. “They opted not to do a deal…”

    Well that’s a blatant lie. The Ravens opted not to pay Joe big money when he wasn’t performing at a high level, and on the flip side, Joe Linta refused to back down from top 5 money. Never did the Ravens say “we’re not negotiating right now.”

    Thanks for continuing the hatred folks. We eat it up here in Baltimore.

  17. Any team that gives him $14.6 Mill or more per year deserves more years at the bottom. Baltimore should consider themselves extremely fortunate if some team gives-up 2 1st round picks for Flacco…

  18. joke..he gets that kind of money and the Ravens fall apart..can’t tie up that much money in one player

  19. Take the 2 first-rounders if you can get them. He’s not worth $20m and it will wreck the salary cap!

  20. There is a Super Bowl being played today between two very good teams. I really wish the media coverage wasn’t literally tilted way towards the money and contract talks for the last two weeks. It is sad. But I don’t really care, just merely making a point that no matter how advanced technology and coverage gets, we should never push the actual game to the back burners.

    Flacco will be a Raven, and will get large money either way.

  21. If Joe gets the $20 mil hopefully he does the right thing and sends a check in the mail for $5M to the Denver DB who was so badly out of position in the playoff game

  22. 20+ million is an awful lot for Flacco, and I’m a Ravens fan. If he goes on to win the Super Bowl does it really mean that Flacco is an Aaron Rodgers/ Drew Brees type QB? I don’t think so. Flacco isn’t a one man show that got the Ravens to the Super Bowl on his back. He’s good, but he’s not that good yet. Flacco has been a major piece, but if his people keep pricing him way higher than what he is, walking away with two first round picks would definitely cushion the blow.

  23. Flacco not worth 20 mill a season all he do is throw the screen pass to ray rice and he got strong arm to throw deep ball to torey smith who out runs every corner

  24. If The Ravens win, the best business decission would be to take at least 2 first rounders for Flacco, trade every other high priced player with trade value and restock the entire franchise with fresh young talent. If history is any indicator they’ll be back on top within 2-3 years. That’s the business of the game.

  25. If Stafford gets $20M and playoff choking Manning is still pulling in that kind of scratch, then I think it’s a no-brainer that Flacco deserves it as well. He’s the only one of those three that regularly is getting his team deep in the playoffs. More importantly he is the only one who doesn’t Wilt under the bright lights. Much respect, Joe Flacco!

  26. Pay Flacco to keep him happy because he is a team guy and not an egomaniac. He will restructure his contract in the future for the good of the team. Listen to him talk its not about money it’s about winning, team mates, enjoying the experience….he knows he isn’t doing it alone and needs quality around to win…rare indeed.

  27. so that means kaepernick should get 25 mil per since he’s obviously better then all the qb’s mentioned above.

  28. Flacco is going to have a huge game today. Bank on it. Hatres are still gonna hate but Ravens will be your superbowl champs! Cheers!

  29. he will get the regular tag and thats it. never would ozzie give up the leverage that drew brees had last year.

  30. $20.46 million is 17.77 pct of a $121 million team salary cap for a 53 man roster, completely absurd for a QB that had another mediocre regular season in 2012. And because the NFLPA is so weak the cap will not rise any time soon.

    In Mid-December following his losses to Charlie Batch and then the Redskins, the talk around Baltimore was that the Ravens may look at their options at QB going forward. He was so unimpressive this year that the Ravens made the unconventional decision to fire their OC after the Skins loss in week 14.

    Flacco deserves a lot of credit for stepping up in the last few games, but he’s a QB that after 5 seasons has never thrown for 4k yards in a season, at a time when when the old 4K yard benchmark is now 5K yards. He has one regular season in which he had a 63 pct completion percentage.

    Good luck to the Ravens today. I guess if they win a Super Bowl it really doesn’t matter how much cap hell they will be in down the road. But if they lose today and end up in cap hell “Flacco” may be a four letter word in Baltimore next season and in the years after.

  31. For those Stafford bashing, lets be real. Stafford has no running game to lean on like Joe Flacco. While Stafford has Calvin, remember that he is still the youngest QB to throw for 5,000 yards. The guy is still in his rookie contract and at the age of 24. Younger than a Cam Newton. He has the potential for elite status.

    Flacco shouldn’t get 20 million. Not at the cost of the team’s talent. He is a good QB. He makes good throws and is on a great run. Lets not get ahead of ourselves here like he got Manning and Brady elite status. Word is consistency. Before anyone says Flacco beat them both, Sanchez did the same. Winning is a team effort.

  32. 1st off..your worth in this league whatever teams are willing to pay so if someone pays Flacco $20 million per season then he is worth it to them. For the Ravens Joe Flacco may very well be worth it. They struggled for years to stabilize the QB position and they probably don’t want to go back to trying to find a playoff tested QB. I also chuckle that so many are gung ho about letting Flacco walk fo 2 first. There’s a reason why a team like Arizona, Kansas City, Jacksonville, maybe Cleveland, etc would pay for a QB who has won a playoff game 5 years straight. Good QBs are extremely hard to come by. Your whole team can be crippled because of that. Arizona was actually a good team but because of their QB situation you didn’t see that. If Cleveland had better QB play I think they make the playoffs. Seattle was a great team that couldn’t fulfill their destiny untill the QB situation was stabilized. The last good young QB to hit free agency was Drew Brees and that was only because San Diego had another good young QB in Philip Rivers and Brees suffered a major injury to his throwing shoulder.

    Flacco will be a Raven next year and he’ll sign a deal close to $20 million per season. He holds all the cards.

  33. is that the same guy that said flacco would get exposed by indy denver and new england. such silly fans. go ravens

    Are you excited for today or what? Bet you are nervous as hell. Take a deep breath ..if they lose they get back in another twelve years and you’ll still be a young man…lol
    May the force be with you …good luck.

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