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08:02 AM ET 02.05 | Debate his "elite" status all you like because timing trumps definition when it comes to Joe Flacco. [Flacco], has a contract that's about to run out, and Flacco just won the Most Valuable Player award in leading the Ravens to a dramatic, 34-31 victory over the 49ers. Flacco is set to become a free agent in March, but he's not going anywhere. The Ravens can put a franchise tag on him that would guarantee him a one-year contract worth about $14.6 million in 2013. Nevertheless, the Ravens know they need to work out a long-term deal for the 28-year-old Flacco. It's likely to cost them more than $100 million. That's roughly the going rate for an elite, young QB. Denver's Peyton Manning makes $19.2 million a year.

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February 5, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Earned every penny too.

February 5, 2013  08:14 AM ET

"That's roughly the going rate for an elite, young QB. Denver's Peyton Manning makes $19.2 million a year."

Meaning that Peyton Manning is an elite, young QB?

February 5, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Good Job Joe!!!!!!

February 5, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Congrats to Flacco.

February 5, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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Congrats to Flacco.

Sad to say, but I must agree with you.

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February 5, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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next flacco contract will be an albatross. Sincererly, Sour Grapes

You may well be right. Flacco did indeed have an "elite" post-season, but the thing that's always troubled me about him is that he's not consistent, and never has been in this league.

They're going to need to spend some money to keep this team playing at a high level, starting next year. A big cap hit for Flacco isn't going to make that any easier.

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February 5, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Awesome job Flacco, now break the Ravens Bank!


You earned Payton Manning money plus some!

February 5, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Awesome job Flacco, now break the Ravens Bank!

You've got an ulterior motive, don't you?

February 5, 2013  09:37 AM ET

A. S. S. After superbowl syndrome. Now the Ravens get to deal with a roster of players and their agents who feel they are underpaid in light of the teams success.

February 5, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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A. S. S. After superbowl syndrome. Now the Ravens get to deal with a roster of players and their agents who feel they are underpaid in light of the teams success.

And you know some of those guys want to keep their homes while playing for the Redskins.

Now... OUR cap issues.

February 5, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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A. S. S. After superbowl syndrome. Now the Ravens get to deal with a roster of players and their agents who feel they are underpaid in light of the teams success.

Yes. Right now, it feels worth it. Later, maybe not so much.

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February 5, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Amazing how he gets hot going into the playoffs and then gets paid...

Hope he earns it AFTER he gets it too!

Joe is a Top QB in the league and played good ball for sure....amazing what a QB can do when he has a line that blocks.

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February 5, 2013  10:14 AM ET

This postseason should silence the Flacco haters. Sadly, though, it probably won't. Put Flacco in the boat with Eli.

 
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