When the Baltimore Ravens rode the coat-tails of Joe Flacco’s outstanding Super Bowl performance, one thing became particularly clear for those remembering he was about to become a free agent: the man is about to get paid. Baltimore has shown no intention to not pay the man and keep him on board for the long haul, so the only thing left to sort out is just how much money he will end up getting.
Prior to 2012, Flacco was considered to be an above average quarterback who really didn’t have what it takes to lead a team to a Super Bowl win. After an up and down regular season, Flacco was at his best when it mattered most. He picked apart defenses and played with confidence in the postseason, giving the city their first title since 2000 and finally becoming someone you could pick with confidence in daily fantasy sports.
With Ray Lewis retiring, the Super Bowl win was sort of a passing of the torch to Flacco as he becomes the new face of the franchise. That is, of course, assuming the fact that the two sides get together and agree on terms.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who has been following the negotiations since they began, seems to be convinced that Flacco is set to sign some type of record-setting deal in the near future. That would be great news for Flacco financially, but the deal would instantly switch him from being underpaid to being overpaid.
If a person chooses to ignore January and February play from Flacco, his numbers really do not suggest that he is truly among the best quarterbacks in the game. Winning in the playoffs is what matters most, and Flacco has done just that throughout most of his career. He is not shy about claiming to be one of the best in the business, but should a four-game hot streak in the playoffs really make him the highest paid player ever? The Ravens might feel they have no choice, and with no other options really available, Baltimore will most likely end up paying the man what he wants.