Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Flacco's starting point for negotiations
By Tom Carpenter
There can be a financial benefit when a team opts to hold off giving a key player a contract extension, at least if said player comes up short in the postseason. The downside of that plan in financial terms is that when a player like Joe Flacco goes out and adds a Super Bowl MVP to the offseason free-agent contract talks, the money the team will have to fork over grows by leaps and bounds. So just how much money is Flacco looking for from his next contract with the Baltimore Ravens? According to CNBC's Brian A. Shactman, when Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, was asked whether his client should be the highest-paid QB in the league, he gave a simple one-word answer.
"Yes," Linta said.
His case for elite money is simple.
"When you do a contract of this magnitude, you look at what is the player's body of work presently," Linta said. "And what are the expectations going forward over the next four, five or six years.
"Joe wins on both accounts."
Drew Brees holds the magic number of $20 million per season as the top-paid quarterback, and Linta has made it clear that the Ravens are going to have to find a way to pay him something in that range. The bigger question at this point is whether the Ravens will use the franchise tag to buy them more time to work out the details over the summer.