In a move that nobody expected at this point in the offseason, the Baltimore Ravens made Joe Flacco the league’s highest-paid quarterback on Friday after the two sides agreed on a six-year, $120 million deal after he led the team to defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. While the Ravens have to be pleased with locking up their quarterback now to avoid the risk of losing him down the road, it’s difficult not to wonder if the team will regret their decision by overpaying the quarterback.
When looking at his statistics from the regular season, Flacco hasn’t matched up with some of the other quarterbacks in the league such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees–so it’s difficult to say he’s worthy of being the league’s highest-paid quarterback. In fact, Flacco has yet to throw for more than 4,000 yards in his career and his career high for touchdown passes is 25.
In reality–that’s nothing compared to the other elite quarterbacks.
Still, what Flacco has accomplished in his career during the postseason and overcoming all odds to lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory last year was nothing short of phenomenal. Flacco answered all questions this year about whether or not he deserves to be placed in the category of elite quarterbacks, but being the highest-paid quarterback is a different story.
Flacco finally got the money he deserves–so let’s hope he can live up to the expectations for the rest of his career now that he’s going to be paid top dollar.
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