Flacco now in line for a big payday

Now that the season is officially over, the Ravens have the task of coming to a contract agreement with quarterback Joe Flacco. There were negotiations before the regular season started, but no deal made.

Earlier in the week Flacco said he didn’t concern himself with the issue once the games began, but now that he had such tremendous performances this postseason – he threw 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions, led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title, and won Most Valuable Player – he might be looking to reopen talks.

“[Owner Steve Bisciotti] did let me know that if the day came, I could come and beat on his desk. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” Flacco said, a smile on his face.


General manager Ozzie Newsome is already on the record as saying he wants to keep Flacco, a first-round pick in 2008 out of Delaware.

“Joe and I have a good understanding of where his contract is,” Newsome said. “People fail to realize that he was a dropped pass away from getting to the Super Bowl last year. So what he did was just back up what he did a year ago.

“He’s doing a great job. He has great chemistry with [offensive coordinator] Jim Caldwell. Hopefully, as long as I’m the general manager in Baltimore, he’s the quarterback in Baltimore.”

As Flacco said a few days earlier, “It’s a good problem to have and to be talking about.”

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