Baltimore Ravens Have To Pay Joe Flacco Now

By Andy Schmidt
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Even before Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens had a decision to make about Joe Flacco and whether the team would re-sign him in the offseason. I think that decision has been made a ton easier now that Flacco led the team to a Super Bowl title. Flacco is going to get paid and the Ravens have to make sure that it is with them.

I’m sure the Ravens were going to sign Flacco anyway but there was at least a little bit of doubt. Flacco will likely end up with the franchise tag for the 2013 season as the two sides figure out a long-term contract. Flacco is now in the top ten quarterbacks in the whole National Football League I would say and will get paid as such. I would think a proper contract would be for five years and around $70 million. That sounds very fitting for a player who has won six road playoff games and is now a Super Bowl champion.

Baltimore has no choice in this matter anymore and must do the right thing. I’m sure it would be better for the team to just get the long-term deal done before next season starts and maybe they will but I think it could be a wait while the numbers are figured out. Flacco is going to be a very solid quarterback for the Ravens for the next 8-10 years and with five straight playoff appearances and a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award under his belt, he is starting to put together a Hall of Fame resume.

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