Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North: Analyzing Joe Flacco's Contract, & Can He Live up to It?



Now that  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s $120.6 million contract is done, he becomes the highest-paid player in NFL history. The Super Bowl MVP received a $29 million signing bonus and option bonuses of $15 million and $7 million. The deal also includes a $62 million payout through the first three years, and above all, has $52 million in guaranteed salary

But just because Flacco is being paid like he’s one of the best players in the NFL, should he be? Is he really “elite”, or is he just a “good” player who’s the benefactor of a hot-streak in the postseason that saw him throw 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions?

If you look at how he’s performed in the regular season, you might just guess the latter:


Flacco is in the same class as Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers,Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and will be expected to perform as such in both the regular season and postseason. For much of his career, he’s been the benefactor of elite Ravens defenses that carried the team, while Flacco played the role of game-manger. Now that Ray Lewis is retiring to go along with Ed Reed and Paul Kruger likely departing via free agency, it will be up to Flacco to carry the Ravens back to the playoffs to defend their Super Bowl crown.
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