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Flacco's agent weeps not for Baltimore's dumb move

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06:59 AM ET 05.27 | On the heels of Tom Brady restructuring his deal to create some roster relief, some believed that Joe Flacco took a payday over a similarly team-friendly deal. Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, told USA TODAY Sports that such perceptions are misguided because the Ravens had the chance to provide their own cap relief last August when Flacco walked away from a five-year extension that would have averaged $16 million a year, including last year's $6.7 million left on his rookie contract. ... The dispute was about "$1 million six years from now, in the base salary non-guaranteed money, and they walked away," Linta said. "It cost them $35 million. So I have no sympathy. None. I've never in my life seen a dumber move."

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May 27, 2013  07:47 AM ET

He's laughing all the way to the bank.

May 27, 2013  08:38 AM ET

There will be a considerable drop in the number of wins for Baltimore this year. They lost too many important players.

May 27, 2013  08:46 AM ET

The agent is right. Regardless, as he says, it is really a 3 year deal that the Ravens will have to renegotiate at that time, and kick the can a little farther down the road and pay him even more , most likely bonus money in a new contract.

Ozzie does not make many mistakes, but he messed this one up a year ago.

May 27, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Most Pros who cash in for big money contracts usually do not perform to what is expected......Flacco will not be an exception.

May 27, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Get What you can for your Client! That's your job!

May 27, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The agent is right. Regardless, as he says, it is really a 3 year deal that the Ravens will have to renegotiate at that time, and kick the can a little farther down the road and pay him even more , most likely bonus money in a new contract.Ozzie does not make many mistakes, but he messed this one up a year ago.

Part of me wants to defend Ozzie and say it's understandable... a year ago no one knew Joe Flacco had that kind of postseason play in him.

But to the same extent there's a serious shortage of starting-calibre QBs in the NFL. They never really had another option IMO.

May 27, 2013  10:01 AM ET

This isn't even a story interns.

May 27, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Ravens in cap hell, I love it!

May 27, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Part of me wants to defend Ozzie and say it's understandable... a year ago no one knew Joe Flacco had that kind of postseason play in him.But to the same extent there's a serious shortage of starting-calibre QBs in the NFL. They never really had another option IMO.

He gambled. He lost. There was no one in the wings to replace the guy. He really has them by the cubes in two years. They will have to negotiate again or lose him. And that won't happen. flacco will get another raise in two years. Guaranteed money is the one that counts....Ozzie is one of the best, but nobody gets it right all the time.

May 27, 2013  11:20 AM ET

He's right of course but publicly calling Ozzie dumb is in itself dumb and shows no class. You're going to have to work with him again and he's not going to forget what you said. It would have been smarter to say Ozzie gambled and lost which is closer to the truth.

May 27, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He's right of course but publicly calling Ozzie dumb is in itself dumb and shows no class. You're going to have to work with him again and he's not going to forget what you said. It would have been smarter to say Ozzie gambled and lost which is closer to the truth.

Exactly what I thought when I saw it. This guy is apparently pretty arrogant and unable to think ahead to future negotiations. Really dumb.

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May 27, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The agent is right. Regardless, as he says, it is really a 3 year deal that the Ravens will have to renegotiate at that time, and kick the can a little farther down the road and pay him even more , most likely bonus money in a new contract.Ozzie does not make many mistakes, but he messed this one up a year ago.

Ozzie is a sharp cat and one wonders if this folly does not rest with the fellow that ultimately signs the checks.

May 27, 2013  12:27 PM ET

The agent made a lot of extra money off this deal, Flacco made a lot of extra money off this deal. However, Flacco's end result was the wrong move for him to do from an "odds" perspective. His risk outpaced his reward. This was the proverbial "one in a million" outcome.

The agent is a fool for trumpeting his luck. He could have easily ended up with the opposite result. All he is doing here is calling out to personnel execs that he is an aholio.

May 27, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Exactly what I thought when I saw it. This guy is apparently pretty arrogant and unable to think ahead to future negotiations. Really dumb.

He's an agent... nuff said there.

As has been mentioned, this will come back to bite him in the arse later, and maybe when has to deal with some other teams on which other clients play. Another case of guys who should be talking the least doing the most talking.

May 27, 2013  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Ozzie is a sharp cat and one wonders if this folly does not rest with the fellow that ultimately signs the checks.

Could well be. Still on a superbowl high.

May 27, 2013  04:19 PM ET

This fiasco does lay at the feet of the stupid management at the Ravens. Whoopie, they won a super bowl but this guy is not a 130 million dollar man. My bet is he won't be on the team by the time the contract would run out. Hope the money isn't all gauranteed. Opps.

May 27, 2013  06:05 PM ET

It wasn't Ozzie or Bisquick who worked out the deal. It was Professor Moriarty. Really the pinch doesn't kick in until 2016, and they're gonna rework it then.

Really it's a $62 million dollar deal for 3 years, and his cap number is $6.8 for 2013, $14.8 for 2014 and $14.55 during 2015. After that the Ravens won't be able to function with a $30 million cap hit on their QB.

May 28, 2013  03:08 AM ET

I wish they'd stop trying to compare all the QB contracts to Brady taking cuts. Brady's wife makes more than he'd ever imagine so salary becomes a moot point for him. Most other QBs don't have this luxury. It's not because Brady is more about the team or doesn't care as much for money it's just that his wife has all they could possibly ever spend so he just doesn't need it.

 
May 28, 2013  03:54 AM ET

Ha ha ha!

Joe Flacco is a slightly above average QB that completely lucked out, got past Denver in the AFC Championship game via a otherworldly lucky play and then lucked out again in the Superbowl.

The only losers in this whole thing are the Ravens fans who will be stuck with a non-elite QB on the decline for many years to come.

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