Joe Flacco displays an ample amount of confidence about his place among the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. His agent, Joe Linta, does too, saying that Flacco should be paid top-five quarterback money.
The Baltimore Ravens and Flacco’s representatives have not met since the NFL Scouting combine in late February, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.
Most experts and knowledgeable fans would probably consider the top quarterbacks to be, in no specific order, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. One might make the case for Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers to be in that class as well. However, most people outside of the Charm City, would probably not have Flacco in that conversation.
If Flacco wants to be paid like a top-five quarterback, then he needs to start playing like one on a week in and week out basis. If the Ravens and Flacco can’t come to an agreement in the offseason, it’s very unlikely both sides will be negotiating once the regular seasons gets underway.
Now, if the two sides do go into next season without an extension, the negotiations will either go forward or backward for one party depending on Flacco’s numbers in 2012. In addition, the Ravens could always pay Flacco top-five money by sticking the franchise tag on him for the 2013 season, which would pay him the year salary of the average of the top five players at his position.
Flacco would in fact be getting his top-five money he’s been seeking all along. On the other hand, if he’s a bit more reasonable and is willing to be paid handsomely, not top five money handsomely — but say — six-years, $60-70 million, I’m almost certain the Ravens and the former first-round draft choice could get something done.
Plus, it’s time for both sides to put these contract discussions to bed, because both Flacco and the Ravens have bigger fish to fry, as this team remains right on the cusp of winning a Super Bowl.
Enough is enough, cooler heads need to prevail.