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Baltimore Ravens' Quarterback Joe Flacco cashes in with record NFL contract
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be cashing in big time on his Super Bowl success as he’s about to sign the richest player contract in the history of the NFL. The MVP of this year’s Super Bowl will be paid at least $120.6 million over the next six years. Quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is currently the league’s highest-paid player as he takes home $20 million each year after signing a five-year deal worth $100 million, with $60 million of it being guaranteed. Flacco made $6.76 million last season as he was in the last year of his rookie deal.
Ozzie Newsome, general manager of the Ravens, said a few minor details still need to be worked out, but everything looks set to go. If the team and Flacco come to an agreement before 4 p.m. on Monday March 4, it means they will have the deal signed before franchise-tag deadline and won’t have to use it for Flacco. Newsome said this will free up some salary cap money to go to the club’s free agents such as Paul Kruger, Bryant McKinnie, and Ed Reed.
Flacco made NFL history in the postseason this year by becoming the first quarterback to record playoff wins in his first five seasons in the league. He was sensational in the playoffs this season leading the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers, by completing 11 touchdown passes and throwing no interceptions. He’s also the career leader with six road wins in the postseason.
Flacco was originally chosen out of Delaware in the 2008 draft with the Ravens’ first-round pick. He was having an average season in 2012 and the Ravens limped into the playoffs after being beaten heavily by the Denver Broncos just before the campaign ended. However, once the postseason kicked off, Flacco raised the level of his game and Baltimore led the team to victories over the Indianapolis Colts, the Broncos, the New England Patriots and then the 49ers. He managed to beat some of the league’s top quarterbacks during the layoff run such as Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, and Tom Brady.
Things would certainly have been different if the Ravens slipped up during the playoffs since Flacco was eligible for free agency at the end of the season and the team may have let him go. Even if he had have been kept, there’s no way he would have been offered more than $20 million a year to remain in Baltimore. But once the Ravens took the championship and Flacco was named the Super Bowl’s MVP, it guaranteed a new contract for him.
It’s possible that the Ravens could have designated Flacco as their franchise player, which means he wouldn’t have been to negotiate with other clubs. He would then have been eligible for free agency next year. By signing a new contract, Flacco will be under a lot of pressure over the next six seasons and will constantly be compared to the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Brees, Brady, and Manning. There are still some doubters out there who believe Flacco doesn’t really belong to this group of elite quarterbacks even with his playoff heroics.
Flacco won’t be worrying about that when he cashes his pay checks though and now has six seasons to prove the naysayers wrong and that his playoff performance wasn’t a fluke.
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