How Much Will Baltimore Ravens Give Elite Quarterback Joe Flacco?

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All season long, everyone debated whether or not Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was considered an elite quarterback. I can confidently say that after his postseason performance, and leading the Ravens to their second Super Bowl victory in franchise history, Flacco is without a doubt an elite quarterback in the NFL.

If there is still doubt in your mind about that, maybe the fact that he is the only quarterback in league history to make the playoffs in his first five seasons will make you a believer. Maybe his leading Baltimore to three AFC Championship games will persuade you. Perhaps the 11 touchdowns he threw during the playoffs this year, which is tied for first all-time in a single postseason, will convince you. I’ll bet having Flacco be named MVP of Super Bowl XLVII will make you put him in the elite class.

Everything I just mentioned is reason enough to put Flacco in the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks. Now that he has proven his worth, it is time for the Ravens to pay the man. Just looking at next season, Flacco could make at least $15 million, which is the estimated amount of the franchise tag that the Ravens’ organization could slap on him.

Even for this to happen, general manager Ozzie Newsome will more than likely have to release Baltimore’s leading wide receiver Anquan Boldin to make necessary cap room. However, I’m pretty sure that Flacco and his agent will be seeking a long-term contract that will make him one of the highest paid players in the league.

Now, I don’t think he deserves to be the highest paid player in the NFL. I don’t even think he deserves to be the highest paid quarterback in the league. However, I do think that he should be one of the top five paid players in his position.

Flacco did out-duel one of the elite passers this postseason in Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, as well as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the AFC Championship.

Whatever the amount, Flacco will be looking forward to one of the biggest paydays in NFL history, and he should be seeing that payday in the very near future.

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