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NFL News: Joe Flacco, Ravens reach historic deal

Less than a month after winning the Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens have reached a historic deal to keep their sudden-star QB.

It was reported by various outlets Friday evening that the Ravens and 28-year-old Joe Flacco have reached a tentative agreement of a deal in excess of 6 years and $120 million. Such a contract would be the richest in NFL history. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports was the first reporter to initially scoop that a deal was in place.

Flacco was the 18th overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Delaware. He’s made the playoffs in all five of his seasons with the Ravens, winning at least one game each year. Over the past four seasons, his regular season numbers have been quite consistent: He’s averaged 60.7% completion, 87.6 QB rating, 3,666 yards, 22 TDs and 11 INTs.

He then took it up an extra notch in helping the Ravens sweep from the Wild Card round to the Vince Lombardi Trophy. In those four playoff games his stats were the following: 57.9% completion, 117.2 QB rating, 1,140 yards, 11 TDs and 0 INTs.

But after this historic playoff performance, he entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Yet that only lasted for a fleeting moment as a deal many expected to happen — although likely not to this scale — was reached relatively quickly.

If Flacco had actually been out on the open market, it would only have been logical that the Cleveland Browns would be one of my suitors. The Browns’ second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden is slightly over a year older than Flacco, but obviously has quite a different NFL history of success.

[Related: How the Browns could win a Joe Flacco negotiation]

  • Depending on how it is structured (guaranteed money, load, etc), this could be a huge win for the Browns if it forces them to cut ties elsewhere.

  • RGB

    Welcome to the Browns, Mr. Kruger. 😀

  • Steve

    Once you combine that with the Ravens keeping a big part of why they won the Super Bowl, and I would call it a net negative for the Browns.

  • Kildawg

    But you forget that the Ravens lost their leader to retirement. Now Flacco has to assume that role as well, given he’s being paid for it as well. Ravens will be very hard-pressed to sign or even have qualifying offers for their other FAs like Kruger, Ellerbe, and Williams (of the 3, the Browns should go hardest after Williams and draft OLBs).

  • Steve

    Replacing Ray Lewis with a younger, and almost certainly cheaper, player will probably be an upgrade for the Ravens as well. Sure, leadership, intangibles, whatever. Even if you think that makes a difference, the Ravens certainly have it in spades.

    Yeah sure, they will probably have a bit less talent next year. And the Browns will probably not even be close enough talent wise for that to make a difference. I have no idea how someone is trying to spin the Super Bowl winners retaining their in-his-prime QB as a “huge win” for the Browns.

  • cmm13

    It’s not that hard to understand.

    By retaining the “in his prime QB” they’ve now left themselves wide open to huge financial/cap issues moving forward in retaining the young talent that may exist there when they are in their prime ready to challenge for their next Super Bowl.

    You say “replacing Ray Lewis” like its the Browns replacing Sheldon Brown.

    As far removed as he Lewis is from his prime replacing a player of his caliber (maybe the second greatest LB to ever) will be the hardest task Ozzie will have faced in Baltimore’s FO.

    So while it is a positive for the Ravens to have retained their franchise QB, it’s also a positive for the division that they will not be able to hold other key pieces to the franchise and its a positive to the Browns that some of those key pieces could potentially land here.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    If you are claiming that “paying a player they already had more money than he used to get” can be viewed as anything other than bad for the Ravens….. well, we’ll have to agree to disagree.

  • Harv 21

    agree with all. To keep competing for a ring Ozzie 1) had to retain his franchise QB for his prime years, and 2) has to draft more impact defensive players. Number 1 was relatively easy. #2 is harder, but he’s done it before, multiple times, and there’s not so many GMs who can say that.

  • Kildawg

    Ozzie might be a very good GM but even he would be hard-pressed to rebuilding that defense with only Ngata, Suggs, and Pollard as starting holdovers (no one can tell about Reed, biggest chance is he goes to Boston with Belichick and Brady, plus their hurt CB). Kruger and Williams would look good for us, plus there’s that CB Lewis from Pittsburgh that would look good as well. Let’s hope that some team wants to trade up with us to take Warmack (Rams?- 16+22 for 6 sounds fair to me).