The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco‘s agent, Joe Linta, will meet this week to resume contract negotiations that were halted in August. Everyone just assumes this means Flacco will sign a new long-term deal and then he and the Ravens will skip off into the sunset hand in hand, but that’s not the case. Flacco wants to be paid and now that he’s the Super Bowl MVP, his price tag will be a lot higher than it was in August.
Sure, a Super Bowl can bring a player and team together, but it can also rip them apart. If Flacco hits the open market, quarterback-needy teams like the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs will throw historical amounts of money at him and contrary to popular belief, money can woo even the most loyal player away from his team.
Linta already said he’s going to try and make Flacco the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, which would be great except for the fact he has one great playoff run under his belt and that’s it. On the one hand, it was historical and it resulted in a Super Bowl title. On the other hand, he’s never thrown for more than 3,800 yards or 25 touchdowns in a season, so it’s hard to justify giving him the kind of money Linta wants.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the two sides were “very close” to agreeing on a new long-term deal before the season, but that conflicts reports that Flacco turned down “a nice big offer” in August. With that alone in mind, the fact Linta is meeting with the team means absolutely nothing at this point. That could change, and soon, but nothing is even remotely close to guaranteed at this point.