Baltimore Ravens Should Slap Joe Flacco With the Franchise Tag

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The Baltimore Ravens pulled off one of the biggest surprises this year by winning Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers, despite their struggles in the second half of the regular season. One of the main reasons why the Ravens shocked the world in the playoffs was due to the performance of Joe Flacco as the former first-round pick threw 11 touchdowns with zero interceptions in four games–setting him up for a nice pay day heading into next year.

After taking home MVP honors in the Super Bowl, there’s no question Baltimore needs to make Flacco one of the highest paid quarterbacks at some point, but to say he deserves to be the league’s highest-paid is debatable. Flacco may have gotten hot at the right time in the playoffs, but his regular season numbers are nothing to brag about as he threw for just 3,817 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Obviously–those numbers don’t make you the best quarterback in the NFL.

Look around the league at some of the other quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees who are known for putting up big numbers on a consistent basis and there’s no question Flacco isn’t even close to being on their level. Winning the Super Bowl was certainly a great accomplishment, but Flacco needs to realize he doesn’t deserve to be the league’s highest paid quarterback–which is why they should just slap him with the franchise tag heading into the 2013 season instead of jumping the gun on a long-term deal.

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