Joe Flacco is one heck of a quarterback. In fact, he’s still underrated even after his record-breaking postseason performance, which resulted in him winning the Super Bowl MVP award. He’s got a very bright future ahead of him and he’ll probably make the Hall of Fame (yes, I went there). However, Flacco should not be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.
Flacco is on the verge of being a top-five quarterback and no, we’re not about to have the pointless debate of whether or not he’s elite. Your version of elite, my version of elite, Flacco’s version of elite and John Harbaugh‘s version of elite are all completely different. The word doesn’t mean anything. The man has a ring and a Super Bowl MVP trophy. Enough said. But I digress.
Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, said the pending free agent should receive a new contract that would make him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. That would put him ahead of guys like Peyton Manning (average salary of $19.2 million) and Drew Brees (average salary of $25 million). As mentioned, Flacco is an awesome quarterback, but he shouldn’t make more than the two players mentioned in the previous sentence. Those players have been around the block and have set records that will never be broken. Flacco has a ring, matching them both, but he’s more along the lines of a five-year, $75 million contract than a five-year, $115 million contract like we’re hearing now. The Baltimore Ravens should definitely do what’s necessary to keep him, but let’s not get carried away.