Joe Flacco Gets His Payday, Bears Tag Henry Melton

Joe Flacco gets $120.6 million deal

On Friday, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got his desired contract from his team. The two sides agreed upon a six-year, $120.6 million deal; this will make Flacco the highest-paid NFL player in league history, according to ESPN.

So much for the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees having this distinction. Last year, the quarterback signed a five-year, $100 million contract with a guaranteed $60 million.

Over the weekend, the two sides will hammer out details for the contract’s language and on Monday, Flacco is expected to give his John Hancock.

Flacco’s new contract comes as his $6.76 million rookie one came to an end. With his new deal, he will make a $168,908 average every day of the regular league season for the next six years.

Not too shabby.

The player now joins six other starting NFL quarterbacks who can say they have won a Super Bowl ring.

Ravens running back Ray Rice immediately showed his excitement on Friday and congratulated Flacco with the tweet, “Dinner and a few nights on Joe Flacco when we get back well deserved #Ravens.”

As the clock ticked toward Monday’s 4 p.m. team deadline, the Ravens have now secured their quarterback and won’t have to take a hit of $19.5 million for its salary cap.

Next up for the team is signing its other free agents: Ed Reed, Paul Kruger and Bryant McKinnie.

Back on February, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said, “We get a deal done with Joe, we will not franchise another player. We will not do that.”

Let the talks begin.

Chicago Bears Tag Henry Melton

One player who did not dodge the franchise tag was the Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton.

The player responded positively to the tag by tweeting, “Good to be a Bear for another year hopefully we can get a long-term deal done soon! #BearDown #FranchiseTag.”

Melton has been with the team for four seasons. As a pass rusher for the team, has a combined 13 sacks from each of his previous two seasons. NFL.com reported that with a non-exclusive franchise tag for a defensive tackle, it has a $8.45 million value for this year.

Whether Melton received either an exclusive or non-exclusive tag remains to be seen.

As noted by ProFootballTalk, Melton joins a small group of other players who have been tagged by their teams: Denver Broncos (Ryan Clady), Buffalo Bills (Jairus Byrd), Indianapolis Colts (Pat McAfee) and the Cincinnato Bengals (Michael Johnson).



Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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