Jerry Coleman: Joe Flacco Had Leverage
After an historic postseason run with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions while culminating with the Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl MVP honors. Joe Flacco had plenty of leverage and certainly made the most of it. The Ravens Quarterback becomes the highest paid player in N-F-L history, after officially signing a six-year, $120.6 million deal, but maintained it will not change his attitude and should not change the mindset of the team, either. Flacco stayed his typical humble self about his new deal: “It means a lot,” he said. “It was never necessarily about the money and all that, but it was definitely about earning that respect and feeling like I was respected around here. The fact that we got it done and they have made me that definitely makes me feel good about how I played and how they feel about me.”
Hopefully now, the Ravens will be able to retain a few key players, particularly, WR Anquan Boldin. Flacco said “Anquan was a beast in those four games and it was awesome to have him out there,” Flacco said. “You guys saw some of the catches that he made, none more important than the third down against San Francisco. So he’s been a big part of this offense, he’s a big part of why I’m standing here today talking to you guys. So yeah it definitely increases my confidence that we’ll have him back and I hope we do.” . Now that the pressure is off the team to get the deal with their QB, they are about to turn the page to the next season.
“Hopefully we can do it 10 more times,” he said. “That’d be sweet and I wouldn’t have to listen to you guys in the offseason about how bad we were even though we made it to the AFC championship game. So it’s just been great.”