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Monday, March 4, 2013

Defending Champs Get Their Man

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Defending Champs Get Their Man

And the highest paid player in the NFL is... Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. PUUUSSST!

No, that is not a miss print, and for those of you wondering what that sounds was, it was just Tom Brady spitting his coffee across the room. Joe Flacco, THE Joe Flacco of the defending Super Bowl Champions got what he was looking for this weekend: a new contract and a significant pay raise. The reining Super Bowl MVP signed a six-year, $120.6-million contract to stay with the team that drafted him with the 18th overall pick in 2008.

Flacco, who has never been shy when asked about his ability had the following to say about is new deal...
“Listen, winning the Super Bowl, winning the Super Bowl MVP doesn't make me as valuable as I am.  I think I bring to the table what I bring to the table. I think I'm an asset to this team, and I'm worth what I'm worth. The fact that we won the Super Bowl just comes with that. If we didn't win the Super Bowl this year, I still think I'm worth the same, and I still think I'm the same person to this organization. It may not be seen that way, but that's the bottom line.”
That just one year after calling himself "the best quarterback in the NFL" in a 2012 interview.

What perhaps is more puzzling than Flacco being the highest paid player in the league is Baltimore's willingness to offer him such a large deal. Just days after one of the best players in the league, at the same position as Flacco mind you, took a team friendly deal in order to help the team sign other free agents, Flacco for all intensive purposes has done the opposite. Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Bryant McKinnie and Paul Kruger are all prominent players who are free agents to be. Even with the deal being heavily back loaded the salary cap is going to be a major issue for the Ravens if they want to lock up more than one of those guys for multiple seasons.

It just doesn't make sense.

And where does Flacco rank among the games best players? There is no question his stock soared with this most recent playoff run but who outside of the greater Baltimore area thinks Flacco is going to be the best or most valuable player over the next six seasons? At his own position he may not even be in the top five. With names like Rodgers, Brees, Manning, Brady, Manning #2, Ryan all in that discussion as elite at the position, why on earth is Flacco the highest paid of the group?

Only time will tell if this deal is a winner for both sides. For now we are left only to shake our heads and speculate.

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