Baltimore Ravens: Is Joe Flacco Worth the Money?

By Eric Smith
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is stirring up some controversy since his team landed in New Orleans Sunday for the Super Bowl. He’s made some off the wall comments with one of them being he thinks he’s an elite quarterback and should be paid more than Peyton Manning.

Manning is a four time MVP, Super Bowl champion and one of the best players to ever play the game. He has 59,487 career passing yards with 436 touchdowns. After him playing in his 14th NFL season, how is a guy playing in his first Super Bowl going to ask for more money than him?

Manning is due nearly $20 million dollars a season. That’s just short of the record high in which Drew Brees is getting paid. Why on earth does Flacco think he’s in that elite company?

Flacco has yet to throw for more than 3,800 yards in a season and has yet eclipsed more than 25 touchdowns in a season. His highest quarterback rating in a season is only 93.6. In fact, he’s the weakest link on this Ravens team.

Ray Rice is the best player on the Ravens offense. Flacco looks decent only due to Rice and his receivers Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. Without Boldin this team isn’t in New Orleans this year.

Flacco, isn’t very accurate and doesn’t have the skill to lead a team on his own shoulders. Boldin in fact was the one making the plays to make Flacco look good.

The one thing Flacco does well is limit his turnovers, but that’s not that hard to do when he’s either so far off no one can get the ball or getting bailed out by one of his star receivers.

The question for Ravens fans is do you want to really lock up a mediocre quarterback to $20 million dollars a year? What’s going to happen in the next couple of years when the team is going to be an offensive team. They’re getting lucky they still have a stellar defense, but many of those stars will be gone soon.

Then what?

The Ravens offense doesn’t have to do much scoring behind Flacco yet due to their defense getting stops. I think paying Flacco would be a huge mistake and could take the Ravens out of any Super Bowl talk until his contract is gone.

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