Should Joe Flacco Be Highest Paid Player in NFL?

By Clyde A. Speller
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What a difference a Super Bowl victory makes for one player. The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco have finalized a six-year deal worth $120.6 million. Flacco will get $52 million in guaranteed money, and a $29 million signing bonus.

This new contract makes the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII the highest-paid player in the NFL, a title that was previously held by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Flacco’s success in his five years in the league definitely shows that he is worthy of a long-term deal, and that he should be one of the highest paid players at his position. However, should he be the highest paid player in the entire NFL?

The veteran quarterback has displayed great play in the postseason since he’s been in the league. Flacco is the only quarterback in league history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. In those five seasons, the 28-year old signal caller played in three AFC Championship games, and en route to winning the Super Bowl this past season, Flacco threw for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Hall of Famer Joe Montana is the only other quarterback to do that in a single postseason.

If you ask me, there are at least two quarterbacks that should be paid more than Flacco. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be at the top of the list when it comes to salaries.

Yes, I know that Brady just signed an extension with the Patriots for a modest (if that’s what you want to call it) three-year and $27 million. Brady has the most Super Bowl appearances and wins among all active quarterbacks. In addition, his Patriots are contenders for the championship year in and year out.

Rodgers is arguably the best all-around quarterback in the NFL, and at age 29, still has room for more improvement. With Rodgers’ deal expiring after the 2014 season, expect him to ask for more than what Flacco just received.

Both Brady and Rodgers have put up MVP numbers during the regular season as well as in the playoffs. Flacco’s pedestrian statistics during the regular season hasn’t matched his playoff production, and that is the reason why Flacco shouldn’t be the highest paid player in the NFL.

Though Flacco is now the richest player in the league, don’t be surprised to see that come to an end quickly.

Clyde A. Speller  is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google

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