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Buddha Bus
05-26-2013, 03:34 PM
Joe Flacco's agent: 'No sympathy'
Updated: May 26, 2013, 4:07 PM ET
ESPN.com news services


Joe Flacco's agent told USA Today Sports that the Baltimore Ravens made a dumb move by not signing the quarterback before last season.

Flacco signed a six-year, $120.6 million extension this offseason after helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl. He has been criticized by some Ravens fans for the contract after Baltimore purged its roster of several high-priced veterans after re-signing its franchise quarterback.

Agent Joe Linta, however, told USA Today he has "no sympathy" for the Ravens, who could have signed his client to a much-more cap-friendly contract last year.

He told the newspaper that the hangup in the talks was over "$1 million six years from now." Flacco ended up walking away from a reported five-year extension that would have averaged $16 million per season after the Ravens wouldn't budge.


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NSMaster56
05-26-2013, 03:50 PM
Joe Flacco's agent: SUCKAS!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Bayz101
05-26-2013, 04:49 PM
His agent is right. The Ravens could have locked him up long-term for WAY cheaper last year.

GMU Steeler
05-26-2013, 07:56 PM
Maybe but to play devil's advocate for Newsome and the Ravens FO. There were a lot of legit questions about Flacco last offseason that aren't there after this. Frankly, I still question how consistent he can be. As admirable as he was in the playoffs and I won't take it away from him especially since he avoided the turnovers that have ruined him and the Ravens in past postseasons., if the safety for the Broncos makes that play, the Ravens are looking at another tough ending. Flacco's better than I thought he was but he needs to be more consistent. He got hot at the perfect time though and is a richer man for that.

Lady Steel
05-26-2013, 07:58 PM
Linta on Flacco goof by Ravens: I've never seen a dumber move

Jim Corbett, USA TODAY Sports


OWINGS MILLS, Md. Some critics painted Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco as selfish for his six-year, $120.6-million deal, which seemingly painted the Ravens into a salary-cap corner.

Flacco took some heat this offseason for his then-record deal after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and just recently Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning restructured their deals to create salary-cap relief.

Some fans blamed Flacco's big payday for the roster purge that included the trade of wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers and the free-agent departures of safety Ed Reed and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger.

Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, told USA TODAY Sports that such perceptions are misguided because the Ravens had the chance to provide their own cap relief last August when Flacco walked away from a five-year extension that would have averaged $16 million a year, including last year's $6.7 million left on his rookie contract.

The impasse could have been averted had the Ravens stepped up over what Linta said was an extra $1 million in the final year.

The dispute was about "$1 million six years from now, in the base salary non-guaranteed money, and they walked away," Linta said. "It cost them $35 million. So I have no sympathy. None.

"I've never in my life seen a dumber move. I guess people can say, 'Well, Joe was dumb, too.' It could have been (dumb), God forbid, if he got hurt. But $1 million to Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That's like 100 bucks for you or me today.''

Cornerback Corey Graham agrees that Flacco shouldn't take any flak for getting what he deserved.

"I feel the critics are wrong,'' Graham said in a break from the Ravens recent workouts. "Five, six years ago, Brady was one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the game also.

"Joe's in his prime and this is his first opportunity to get a big pay day. So you can't knock someone for wanting to max out and get as much as they possibly can.

"Brady now is on the back of his career, so he may have had to take a pay cut," Graham said. "And Peyton, too. Five, six years maybe the Ravens can go to Joe and he'll get a little less money.''

Linta knows the Ravens will likely be forced to restructure Flacco's deal when it inflates to a $28.55 million salary-cap figure before to the 2016 season.

The Patriots recently gave Brady a $30 million signing bonus in return for extending his deal by three years, in effect giving him the chance to retire a Patriot.

The Broncos recently tweaked Manning's five-year, $96-million deal when they purchased $10 million in insurance to protect themselves against a non-neck injury suffered either this season or next. In return, the Broncos received $2.5 million in cap relief this season and next.

"I'm not apologetic for the fact this is really a three-year deal, there's no way they can afford $29 million a couple of years from now,'' Linta said. "I'm not apologetic. They chose to walk away.''

For those worried how Flacco will handle his new-found wealth, Linta said to forget about it.

"Joe will always have that fire -- regardless whether he gets $500 million or $5 an hour, he'll have that fire. I never worry about him. He's had a good offseason. I expect him to come out with a lot of fire in his eyes."


http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/ravens/2013/05/26/joe-flacco-contract-never-seen-a-dumber-move-joe-linta/2361599/


Riiiiiiight! Suuuuure he would! :laughing:

Bane
05-27-2013, 06:52 PM
Pay Joe Flacco $5 an hour, then. Let's see if he has that fire.

Edman
05-29-2013, 07:13 AM
The Ravens gambled, and Flacco won. What honestly did Flacco do to earn that big contract over the bulk of his career? He wasn't that good in 2012. He wasn't that good for his whole career. It was the ridiculous playoff run and the Super Bowl that got Joe his contract. Without that Duper Bowl, Bert is being paid significantly less, actually what he has earned and actually deserves.

Four excellent playoff games is what got Flacco his contract, not because he was actually a Good Quarterback worth keeping around. It happens all the time in the NFL. A sun shines on a dog's ass and people will throw money at him, not because he's a good player, but because he performed well in the big stage. Larry Brown, Desmond Howard, Dexter Jackson, Santonio Holmes (Yes, him too). Average Players who shone in big moments, but were still ultimately average careers.

With this new contract that is handcuffed the Ravens and forcing them to get rid of some of their cast, Flacco better start lighting the league on fire in 2013 and beyond. There is going to be a lot less intolerance for his inconsistency in the Ravens organization and fanbase. You're being paid like a top-flight QB? It's time to start playing like one now.

JonM229
05-29-2013, 07:28 AM
I think a big problem was Cam Cameron's schemes. Some games were called brilliantly, while others left me scratching my head. I think Jim Caldwell's offense is part of why Flacco was so successful in the playoffs. Though Boldin was also catching anything thrown in his direction.

Luckily, the new contract doesn't really start taking up a ton of cap space until the fourth year, in which the contract will probably be restructured by then.

sluggermatt15
06-02-2013, 12:02 PM
The Ravens gambled, and Flacco won. What honestly did Flacco do to earn that big contract over the bulk of his career? He wasn't that good in 2012. He wasn't that good for his whole career. It was the ridiculous playoff run and the Super Bowl that got Joe his contract. Without that Duper Bowl, Bert is being paid significantly less, actually what he has earned and actually deserves.

Four excellent playoff games is what got Flacco his contract, not because he was actually a Good Quarterback worth keeping around. It happens all the time in the NFL. A sun shines on a dog's ass and people will throw money at him, not because he's a good player, but because he performed well in the big stage. Larry Brown, Desmond Howard, Dexter Jackson, Santonio Holmes (Yes, him too). Average Players who shone in big moments, but were still ultimately average careers.

With this new contract that is handcuffed the Ravens and forcing them to get rid of some of their cast, Flacco better start lighting the league on fire in 2013 and beyond. There is going to be a lot less intolerance for his inconsistency in the Ravens organization and fanbase. You're being paid like a top-flight QB? It's time to start playing like one now.

Flacco is definitely going to feel some pressure in 2013. Not only because of signing that big contract, but also because his team won the SB last year and he was the MVP. It's definitely time for him to step up and play like the hundred plus million $ QB that he is. Given the current state of the team I think he has to.

I think if the Ravens struggle, you'll see a lot of the experts and media making excuses, such as the retirement of Ray Lewis, losing all those key players to free agency & trades, and the pressure of being the "defending champions". If they excel, then it will be all about how great Joe Flacco is and that he's worth every penny of his contract as well as the defense not missing a beat.