Flacco’s cap numbers stay low in 2013 and 2014

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Like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will have low cap numbers in the next two years.

That’s where the similarities between their contracts end.

Actually, Flacco’s cap number will be ridiculously low.  Peter King of Sports Illustrated pegs it at a paltry $6.8 million for 2013 — which amounts to only 5.6 percent of the total cap burden from the six-year deal Flacco will sign later today.

Brady’s 2013 cap number is $7 million higher, at $13.8 million.

Next year, Flacco’s and Brady’s cap numbers will intersect at $14.8 million.  After that, things get ridiculous.

Flacco’s cap number for 2016 will be, according to King, $29 million.  $29 million!  (For proper effect, think Dr. Emmitt Brown and 1.21 gigawatts!)

Absent a widely unexpected spike in the salary cap, then, this is a three-year deal that will be extended/restructured/whatever by the Ravens in 2016, after Flacco will have pocketed (as we reported last night) $62 million.

And it’s safe to assume Flacco won’t be agreeing to a three-year, $27 million extension at that time.

12 responses to “Flacco’s cap numbers stay low in 2013 and 2014

  1. As crazy as a $29 million cap hit in 2016 sounds, by then Suggs and possibly Ngata will both be off the books. Whether either of them will still be Ravens by then is a good question, but their careers will certainly be near their respective ends. Regardless, Flacco’s contract will certainly be restructured like Florio said, and the Ravens will have to rework things in order to keep some of their younger talent like Torrey Smith, Pitta, Upshaw, and Webb on the team at that time.

  2. Why is is safe to assume Flacco won’t be taking a small deal in 3 years? Absent his outstanding play at the right time in the playoffs of this year, when has he looked like an elite QB? Who is to say the recent exception has become the new norm?

    I give Flacco all the credit in the world for his play during the Ravens SB run. He was outstanding. But I’ll wait for him to do that more consistently before I lump him in with the elite QBs in the NFL. Until then, he’s just like Brad Johnson, who was a great QB for one season. But a mediocre one for the rest of his career.

  3. I can’t see Flacco looking at this contract and not knowing he would redo it in three years. 29 mil cap hit is insane. 62 in 3 years is awesome and he did it in team-friendly cap numbers, both sides knowing they would be back at the table in 2016. Good for him. I expect he’ll get another, more reasnoable for the team extension then to flatten out the cap overall.

    And, unless he falls off like crazy, you’re right, he won’t go 3 for 27 mil, but maybe a 5 or 6 year for 100 or so with a more even cap number. It all depends on if he can keep his play up. He may be inconsistent in the regular season, but he’s ridiculous in the playoffs, and in the end, that’s where they need to lay it all on the line, and he certainly did last year.

  4. Haha and this is what happens when you have a terrible front office! Colbert woulda never let this happen. That’s why Steelers been to 3 super bowls in 7 years! We don’t make these kinds of awful errors!

  5. a restructuring that they will, no doubt, have to pay him for.

    Flacco is now the de facto owner of the ravens.

  6. I heard somewhere that the cap is projected to take a big leap in a couple of years from now when the new TV rights are negotiated. Can’t remember if it was 2015 or 16 but that could be why teams are making these moves.

  7. Cap numbers stay low for three years then they restructure like everyone else. In the mean time, we’ll keep winning like we always do. Best franchise in the league. World champs. Go Ravens!

  8. I just don’t get why teams keep screwing themselves with pushing ridicoulous cap numbers to future years..

  9. no….the steelers overpay for every one else and when they get old and slow they are stuck in cap hell and struggle to finish at 500. the ravens dont restructure and work out cap friendly contracts. will joe restructure in 3 years…probably. but unlike the steelers they wont be overpaying for fat linebackers…thats why the ravens are great

  10. When is the last time Colbert made a good draft pick? K.O. is better than DeCastro and Ozzie got him a round later. Same story with Mendenhall and Rice. Ozzie also got guys like Art Jones and Pernell McPhee in the later rounds, while Colbert blew first rounders on Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward.

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