The Baltimore Ravens franchised Ray Rice and are currently locked in contract negotiations to give one of the best all-around runningbacks in the league the money he deserves. The Ravens are set on signing him long term and have made it a high priority, but still on everyone’s mind is the fact that quarterback Joe Flacco is entering the final year of his deal and will be a free agent unless the Ravens can extend him.
If they lock up Rice and Flacco remains unsigned, the Ravens could have to use the franchise tag on what they believe is their franchise quarterback.
Flacco has been much maligned the past two seasons for not getting it done in the playoffs, despite winning at least one playoff game in his first three years in the league. The Ravens have had terrific regular season success with Flacco at the helm, going 44-20 since he was drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft.
The Ravens have not finished with less than nine wins in a given season and have won 11 or more three times, yet Flacco receives criticism for coming up short of the Super Bowl, despite having one of the league’s best defenses and running games at his disposal. Until he wins that elusive ring, he’ll be classified as a guy who couldn’t come through in the clutch.
That may not be fair, but it’s the public perception. The Ravens and Flacco have apparently not made any ground on a deal this year, which could lead to him being franchised in 2013.
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