Saturday, February 9, 2013
No 'hometown discount' for Ravens, Flacco
By Vince Verhei
Joe Flacco is willing to negotiate with the Baltimore Ravens on the terms of his contract, the years and distribution, to help keep the team under the salary cap. He is not, though, willing to give the Ravens a "hometown discount" -- he's out to get every dollar he's earned.
Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, explained as much on an appearance on Pro Football Talk Live (recapped by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk). "I would say to you, of the other 52 players on the roster, how many of the other 52 [took less money]?" said Linta, who has argued Flacco should be the highest-paid quarterback in the league. "Do you work with [the Ravens] in terms of structure to help them out? Absolutely. But like I said, we all took risks. And I don't think anybody was gonna feel sorry for Joe if he turned down a contract in July and didn’t have a great year and now was faced with less than what we're talking about. Look, there's risk on both sides, and somebody could be saying to the Ravens,'Hey, don’t you think it's worth sacrificing some areas of your team to keep your franchise quarterback?' There's arguments on both sides, believe me."
So the goal, as Linta explained it, is to "be creative with the contract to get what you want and structure so that it helps the Ravens and doesn’t put them in a bad place cap-wise."
Florio says it's not impossible that Flacco will be on another roster in 2013. "The Ravens could try to bluff Flacco and Linta by suggesting that they’ll use the non-exclusive tag ($14.6 million) and match whatever offer another team may make," he writes. "But if another team crafts a contract with a gigantic 2013 cap number and a willingness to give up two first-round draft picks, the Super Bowl MVP could be changing addresses."