Now that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has his Super Bowl ring and MVP award, he’s ready for his payday. Flacco’s agent thinks he should go big and become the highest-paid quarterback in the league.
Rumors have been swirling that Flacco wants a $20 million paycheck. On Tuesday, his agent Joe Linta had been asked by CNBC if Flacco should be the highest-paid quarterback in the league. He simply responded: “Yes” and then added, “When you do a contract of this magnitude, you look at what is the player’s body of work presently, and what are the expectations going forward over the next four, five or six years. Joe wins on both accounts.”
Top NFL quarterbacks currently command between $18 million (Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning) to $20 million (New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees).
For Flacco, he’s younger than these two (28) and has the same number of Super Bowl wins. And he’s also beginning the peak of his NFL career as compared to the others.
Currently Flacco has a $7 million contract. He is set to become a free agent but both the team and the player have expressed seeing Flacco stay put.
Let the negotiation talks begin!
In other news, three NFL quarterbacks who have not made it to the big game, have the honor of being on the annual Forbes Most Disliked Athletes list .
Meet Chicago Bears Jay Cutler (#4), Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick (#7) and Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo (#10).
According to Forbes, Cutler has a 21 percent appeal and is “seen as standoffish with teammates and the public. Fair or not, the sight of Cutler riding a stationary bike on the Bears’ sideline after pulling himself from a 2011 playoff game still lingers as a symbol of softness.”
For Vick, he carries a 23 percent appeal with Forbes noting “see Metta World Peace – reputations take a while to come back. At least Vick is moving steadily down the list from the top spot he used to occupy.”
And for Romo, he rounds out the list at No. 10 with his 27 percent appeal. His description includes: “takes lot of heat for a good quarterback who has never harmed anyone or been in trouble off the field. That’s life with the high-profile Cowboys – when you don’t get to the Super Bowl, people find a way to blame the QB.”
If you’re wondering who sits at the top of the list, it’s cyclist Lance Armstrong, followed by Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. Last fall he was a media darling with the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend all while he persevered in his college football career.
How the mighty have fallen.
From Forbes, Te’o has a 15 percent appeal and “apparently the online girlfriend hoax wasn’t his idea, but most people figure he embellished the extent of the relationship for personal attention. Te’o’s appeal rating went from 88% to 15% almost overnight.”
But the bigger question may be, how much will this haunt him in the draft?