View Full Version : Ravens starting talks with Flacco

02-14-2012, 04:38 PM
The Ravens will start talks on a long-term contract extension with Joe Flacco (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11252/joe-flacco)'s agent at the NFL combine next week, according to NFL Network (https://twitter.com/#!/JasonLaCanfora/status/169476570535297026).

This doesn't come as a surprise because Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti anticipated a year ago that negotiations would begin this offseason. But this could be the start of a long process in determining Flacco's value as a starting quarterback. Flacco, 27, is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

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His contract should be at the top of the second-tier quarterbacks. That market was set by the Cardinals' Kevin Kolb (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/10480/kevin-kolb) (six years, $65 million with $$21.5 million guaranteed) and the Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8664/ryan-fitzpatrick) (six years, $59 million with $24 million guaranteed).

But Flacco shouldn't come close to the top-tier ones. That's reserved for the likes of the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5536/ben-roethlisberger) (eight years, $102 million) and the Giants' Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning) (seven years, $106.9 million).

That's a big gap between those two levels of quarterbacks, so it will be interesting to see at what number the sides agree to meet. By my estimation, Flacco will get between $30 million and $35 million guaranteed.


02-14-2012, 04:38 PM
I love those 2 highlighted paragraphs..LOL

Black@Gold Forever32
02-14-2012, 04:42 PM
He still squats to pee....I don't care if he did make some strides this year.......Give Ben his OL and Ray Rice.....lol

02-14-2012, 07:54 PM
I'd guess he'll be closer to 100 than 60. They love him in Baltimore and his last game against the Pats didn't hurt him at all.