The Baltimore Ravens took a lot of heat this offseason for the six-year, $120.6-million contract extension that gave quarterback Joe Flacco. It wasn’t that it was a bad deal necessarily, but they could have had him for much cheaper if they’d put forth a better effort to re-sign him last year.
Now, Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, told USA Today that contract extension talks with the Ravens broke down during the 2012 season over a difference of $1 million in non-guaranteed base salary in the final year of what would have ultimately been a six-year deal like the one Flacco ended up signing this offseason. Linta said that wound up costing the Ravens $35 million over the life of the deal, and he’s never seen a blunder quite like this:
“I’ve never in my life seen a dumber move. I guess people can say, ‘Well, Joe was dumb, too.’ It could have been (dumb), God forbid, if he got hurt. But $1 million to Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That’s like 100 bucks for you or me today.”
Even more frustrating for the Ravens is that they’ll probably have to restructure the deal in three years to avoid a cap number of over $28 million for Flacco in the 2016 season:
“I’m not apologetic for the fact this is really a three-year deal, there’s no way they can afford $29 million a couple of years from now,” Linta said. “I’m not apologetic. They chose to walk away.”
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