Two days after the Carroll County Times reported the two sides were not close on a new deal, the Baltimore Sun is now reporting that the Ravens are unlikely to extend Joe Flacco before the season. Flacco is heading into the final year of his 5 year rookie deal and the Ravens would obviously love to lock up the quarterback who has won a playoff game in each of his first 4 seasons in the league. However, Flacco is reportedly seeking top-5 quarterback money after proclaiming himself the best quarterback in the league.
He wins a lot, but he’s had a ton of help and has never had a 4000 yard season so he’s simply not worth that much. The Ravens are giving Ray Rice, who has yet to sign his franchise tender, precedence over Flacco, who making unreasonable demands and is no threat to hold out. The Ravens will have the franchise tag available next offseason to use on Flacco and it seems like they’ll deal with him then. He’ll need to do what Eli Manning did this year to earn a top-5 contract.