Joe Flacco Should Not be the Highest Paid NFL Player of All-Time

By Andrew Fisher

Joe Flacco has earned a big payday. The once scrutinized quarterback now stands on top of the mountain after the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. The only question left – how much will the Ravens pay him?

The team has to make a decision by March 4th, which is the deadline for placing a franchise tag on a player. If the Ravens go with the ‘exclusive’ tag, Flacco will make $19.6 million next year, and the ‘non-exclusive’ tag would run them $14.5 million. One would think that an exclusive tag would be the only option for Baltimore, if it comes to that.

On top of the looming deadline to get a deal done, recent reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggest the new deal could be the most lucrative of all-time.

I can’t believe this is a real topic – Joe Flacco, the highest paid player in NFL history.

Regardless, I guess that this is a reality. It’s 2013, and new heights are always being hit when it comes to athletic contracts. Right now, Calvin Johnson is signed to the largest contract at $150.5 million dollars over eight seasons.

Flacco is good, but $150 million good? I’m not sold on that. He deserves to be paid like one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but more than Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees?

Obviously, given Flacco’s age, he’s going to sign a longer contract, so naturally the final number becomes larger. The largest annual salary for quarterbacks is Brees at $20 million per season. So Flacco would have to ink a new deal for eight years and $160 million to equal that mark. By the sounds of it, that kind of contract is likely going to be on a table for Flacco to sign somewhere in the near future.


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