Flacco Wins MVP, Ready for Big Payday

With the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 win, quarterback Joe Flacco got the MVP nod and now after waiting to conduct contract talks, he’s ready for a hefty payday.

Earning his Super Bowl MVP award, Flacco went 22 for 33, 287 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He is only one of six quarterbacks in Super Bowl history to accomplish this feat.

On the road to the Super Bowl, Flacco got his team there with four-straight wins including a record 11 touchdown passes, zero picks while going 73 for 126 with 1,140 yards. This streak included wins against such quarterbacks as Denver Broncos Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts talented Andrew Luck and New England Patriots veteran Tom Brady.

But now it’s time for contract talks and last week, rumors were swirling that the quarterback was looking for a $20 million payday after $17 million had looked more likely last season. The player said of his upcoming talks via NFL.com, “(Ravens owner) Steve Bisciotti told me if this happens (winning Super Bowl), I can go pound on his desk and stick it to him. That’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Flacco has the support and admiration of his teammates. After the game, veteran center Matt Birk said, “Now they’re gonna have to talk about Joe Flacco. Joe’s a stud. He showed it tonight.”

The quarterback had been asked after the game where his futures lies and responded via ESPN, “I’m a Raven for life. That’s the way I see it.”

As for the contract talks, if the two sides can’t come to an agreement soon, they’ll put a $14.6 million non-exclusive franchise tag on the player.If they put on this tag, teams looking for a quarterback could give up two draft picks to grab the player.

The Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Tennessee Titans, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Oakland Raiders, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Arizona Cardinals are likely to check out Flacco, according to PFT.

But it’s unlikely.

Instead, the team will probably slap on an exclusive franchise tag. This would disallow Flacco from speaking with other teams and give him a payday based on an average from the five highest quarterback cap numbers for the 2013 NFL season.

The tentative numbers, reported PFT, includes the following average: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ($21.55 million), Detroit Lions quarterback,  Matthew Stafford ($20.82 million),  New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning ($20.35 million), Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ($20 million), and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ($19.6 million).

This should give Flacco his $20 million (or very close ) for either a one-year deal or a long-term contract that will come close to the 2013 $20 million cap number.

But for Monday, the quarterback is off to Disney World for the annual post-Super Bowl parade.




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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