Does Joe Flacco really warrant being the league’s highest-paid quarterback? Yes or no? Think about it logically, has this guy done enough to call himself the best quarterback in football today?
This could turn out to be a really long “discussion” should I pose it to almost anyone in the football world, but all that really matters is what the Baltimore Ravens think. Sure, Joe’s agent can talk all he wants about his employer being the highest-paid quarterback in the league, but that doesn’t changed Joe’s body of work.
He now has a Super Bowl ring, which is pretty much the only thing you need to validate yourself in the league, and yes he didn’t throw an interception in the playoffs while throwing 11 touchdowns, but if you were to pick your franchise quarterback would you pick Joe Flacco?
When I watched the Ravens on Sunday night, the thing that stood out for me was not that Joe Flacco was carrying a load of high school-caliber players on his back to an epic win, but that it was due to some expert franchise management.
They had become the best TEAM in the league, built to perform when the time was right. Joe Flacco is an integral part of the team and there’s no doubt about that, but would he have any shot of winning another Super Bowl if he got to be the highest-paid quarterback in the league and lost the services of players like Anquan Boldin or Paul Kruger? In my opinion, I don’t think so.
If I was in Ozzie Newsome’s shoes, here’s what I would do, be honest with Joe and say that while you want to pay him like the elite quarterback he is, you don’t want to dismantle a team that went and won the Super Bowl. Once that basis is set you then begin work on a franchise-friendly contract that has incentives for Joe to hit if he carries on being elite. I can only speculate on how the contract talks will go, but if the Ravens are to stand any chance of a repeat, Joe Flacco must accept that he can’t do it all on his own.