Win Or Lose, Does Joe Flacco Return To The Baltimore Ravens In 2013?

By Devin O'Barr
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Joe Flacco is one of the most under-the-radar quarterbacks in the NFL. Since entering the league in 2008 Flacco has stayed out of the spotlight but still hasn’t given the Baltimore Ravens or their fans reason to believe in him. Seven playoff wins in just five seasons would be the envy of most any quarterback, however it still has Flacco without a contract entering the 2013 regular season.

His contract scenario is important to think about during his performance in the AFC Championship versus the New England Patriots.

Polarizing QBs such as Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and of course Colin Kaepernick will always get the limelight over meat and potato guys like Flacco. With that being said Flacco improved in 2012 with a career high 3,817 in passing yards along with a career low 10 interceptions. Perhaps playing for his livelihood, Flacco has had a postseason like none other with 615 yards, six touchdowns, zero interceptions while completing 53.9% of his passes.

A season-saving heave versus the Denver Broncos included, Flacco has had his moments with five career playoff wins on the road–that is the most amongst active quarterbacks.

Once the Raven’s season finally does end talks will begin to swirl on whether or not Flacco has in fact earned a monstrous extension. His agent Joe Linta is already making his ploy saying that his client is “proving” that he is a “top five, elite quarterback.” Expect Linta to come with a vengeance given the success that the Ravens quarterback has had in previous weeks.

Now, Baltimore has options at the quarterback position heading into the 2013 season. The club can sever ties with Flacco completely, sign him or franchise tag him which would cost the Ravens $14.6M over just one season. Stay tuned to see if in fact Raven management bites the bullet and brings back Flacco.

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