Upon officially signing his six-year, $120.6 million contract with the Ravens today, quarterback Joe Flacco said the reason he didn’t accept the Ravens’ long-term contract offer before the season was simple: He didn’t think they were offering him enough money.
“I thought I was worth more and I didn’t see any circumstances where I wouldn’t get paid more than what they were willing to give me at that point,” Flacco said.
As it turned out, Flacco bet on himself and won, and he said the reason he could bet on himself was all about his confidence, not only in himself but in what the Ravens would do as a team in the 2012 season.
“I figured play one more year, see what we can do as a football team, have confidence in myself, have confidence in the guys around me and let it play itself out from there,” Flacco said.
Flacco said that if winning the Super Bowl MVP award was what it took to get Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to give him the NFL’s biggest contract, then that’s what he was happy to do.
“It makes it a little easier for Steve to reach into his pockets when we’ve just won the Super Bowl,” Flacco said. “That was my feeling all along.”
That feeling worked out well for Flacco.