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Will the Ravens just franchise Flacco?

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07:50 AM ET 01.16 | His agent sparked the conversation about "elite" status again recently, but this much is undeniable: Joe Flacco is playing some of the best football of his pro career. With Flacco's contract expiring in March, how much money did he just make? And how much more does he stand to make with a defeat of New England? "Zero," said one AFC team's cap specialist, "and I'll tell you why: We're getting to the point where the Ravens are only going to 'franchise' him. All this does is ensure that they're going to put the franchise tag on him, which translates to no more money and doesn't change the equation of the deal." Now there's an answer I didn't expect. But the guy has a point.

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January 16, 2013  07:56 AM ET

He's worth it!!!

January 16, 2013  08:02 AM ET

A long term deal could reduce his cap number. It's interesting that the Ravens might be thinking short term. I guess either Flacco wants to break the bank, or they still don't quite trust him.

January 16, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Of course they will franchise him. It's not like they have an alternative.

Franchise him... then work on a long term deal.

January 16, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Joe Flacco deserves a HUGE guarenteed contract.
-signed, Joe Flacco

January 16, 2013  08:07 AM ET

I trust the Ravens organization so eventually they will sign him long term. I'm just scared to lose Ellerbe and Kruger.

January 16, 2013  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Of course they will franchise him. It's not like they have an alternative. Franchise him... then work on a long term deal.

He's going to get his deal.... After they beat the Pats this weekend... Book it.

January 16, 2013  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's worth it!!!

Flacco has made it hard on me at time, but I've been telling people that in here for years.

January 16, 2013  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I trust the Ravens organization so eventually they will sign him long term. I'm just scared to lose Ellerbe and Kruger.

Man - Paul Kruger is a bad ****.

You're right to be concerned about losing him.

January 16, 2013  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's going to get his deal.... After they beat the Pats this weekend... Book it.

As hard as it is top pick against Little Bill and Tom Brady...

I have a hunch.

January 16, 2013  08:23 AM ET

" ... which translates to no more money and doesn't change the equation of the deal."

No more money? Really? Flacco is making $6.8 million this year. That's less than any of the top 5 quarterbacks. It will cost over $16 million to franchise a QB.

January 16, 2013  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

As hard as it is top pick against Little Bill and Tom Brady... I have a hunch.

Bill just doesn't lose twice in one season to same team but I'm very optimistic the Ravens might get the W.

January 16, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

As hard as it is top pick against Little Bill and Tom Brady... I have a hunch.

The Pats are in sync and healthy. The defense has gotten its act together. The spread is 9. They may not cover, but they will win.

January 16, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Pats are in sync and healthy. The defense has gotten its act together. The spread is 9. They may not cover, but they will win.

I'll take your word for it DD... but I'm staying away from all bookies this weekend.

January 16, 2013  08:28 AM ET

they could dew alot worse than flacco @ qb and also could dew a bit betr as well...hes not elite tho not at this point

January 16, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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they could dew alot worse than flacco @ qb and also could dew a bit betr as well...hes not elite tho not at this point

I would love to hear your definition of Elite.

January 16, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's going to get his deal.... After they beat the Pats this weekend... Book it.

Really.......A note from the Pats to the Ravens:
You are all invited to the retirement party being given Sunday January 20,2013 at
Gillette Staduim Foxboro,Mass for Ray Lewis this will start at 6:30 est.

January 16, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

" ... which translates to no more money and doesn't change the equation of the deal." No more money? Really? Flacco is making $6.8 million this year. That's less than any of the top 5 quarterbacks. It will cost over $16 million to franchise a QB.

When you hear a number like $16mil and then remember that it is all guaranteed, you have to wonder what's so bad about the franchise tag.

January 16, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I would love to hear your definition of Elite.

Probably, "Double wide".

January 16, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I'll take your word for it DD... but I'm staying away from all bookies this weekend.

If the spread is 9 the Ravens are probably a good bet

 
January 16, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

When you hear a number like $16mil and then remember that it is all guaranteed, you have to wonder what's so bad about the franchise tag.

I asked Anthony Armstrong this, and he said "If tagged, and we get hurt, we get nothing the following year."

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