Contract talks and negotiations are huge part of the business side in the NFL. It’s a side, however, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti chooses not to engage in.
“I’ve never sat in a negotiation and I never will,” Bisciotti said last week at the Ravens end-of-season press conference. via BaltimoreRavens.com.
This is a prime example of why the Ravens franchise is one of the most well-run organizations in the entire NFL. It’s owners like Bisciotti, who leaves this kind of work to his guru’s like General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Director of Player Personnel Erica DeCosta.
This off-season the Ravens will enter extensive contract talks with some of the franchise’s most valuable assets like running back Ray Rice and quarterback Joe Flacco.
Rice is an unrestricted free agent, so if the 25-year-old running back and the Ravens can’t get something worked out long term, the team will have the ability to slap the franchise tag on the fifth-year running back. As for Flacco, he is entering the final season of his five-year rookie contract, so there is a little more wiggle room to get something hashed out long term for the former first-round draft selection.