‘‘He’s tough to bring down, he stands in the pocket, he takes a hit, he gets up. That’s a tough football player,’’ Patriots tackle Vince Wilfork said. ‘‘When you have a quarterback like that, that’s special.’’
Flacco’s rookie contract expires after this season. Regardless of what happens Sunday — and whether he gets a long-term deal or receives Baltimore’s franchise tag — he is due for a big payday in the months ahead. But Flacco has more pressing issues in mind this week.
‘‘I'm sure it’s back there somewhere, but it’s not something I've really thought about or really considered,’’ he said.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has made his position clear: Pay the man.
‘‘He is one of the toughest quarterbacks I have ever been around,’’ Harbaugh said. ‘‘He’s the best quarterback I've ever been around.’’
AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.