Franchise Tag is the Safest Route For Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco

By Dan Parzych
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The situation with the Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco when it comes to a new contract is a topic that isn’t going away anytime soon as the quarterback will push hard to become the league’s highest-paid quarterback. Flacco may think he’s worthy of being the league’s highest-paid quarterback with the way he led the Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the team decided to take the approach of slapping their quarterback with the franchise tag for now.

Flacco may consider himself elite and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t with the way this past season turned out, but his numbers during the regular season over the first five years of his career say otherwise. Not only has Flacco yet to break the 4,000-yard passing mark during the regular season, but his career high of 25 touchdown passes is nothing to brag about compared to some of the league’s other top quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers.

The last thing Baltimore wants to do is jump the gun with their situation involving Flacco and give him top dollar just because he helped the team with the Super Bowl this past season. There’s no question Flacco deserves top dollar, but to say he should make the most of all quarterbacks is nothing short of ridiculous–which is why the Ravens need to be smart and just give him the franchise tag for the 2013 season.

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