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Baltimore Ravens Need to Give Joe Flacco the Franchise Tag

After winning Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers, it’s only a matter of time before Joe Flacco receives a hefty pay raise from the Baltimore Ravens. The only question remaining–will the Ravens give him a long-term deal or slap him with the franchise tag for the 2013 season?

Flacco may think he’s worthy of being the league’s highest-paid quarterback, but just because he had an impressive postseason run doesn’t mean he deserves it from a statistical standpoint. Sure, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the postseason is impressive for any quarterback, but Flacco’s numbers from the regular season over his career is nothing to brag about.

Not only has he failed to break the 4,000-yard passing mark once, but his career high of 25 touchdowns in 2010 is nothing to brag about. There are plenty of quarterbacks in the league such as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers that have broken the 40-touchdown mark in a single season–so what makes Flacco think he’s better than any of these quarterbacks?

Obviously, Flacco does deserve a long-term contract with the team after everything he accomplished this past season, but for him to say he wants to be the highest-paid quarterback in the league is not only selfish, but stupid. The smart move for Baltimore here would obviously be to place the franchise tag on Flacco for the 2013 season and take it from there.

If anything, Flacco is still young enough where he could earn the long-term deal next season if he can prove to be as elite as the rest of the quarterbacks in the league.