This is interesting for two reasons. First, the contract came shortly after NFL rumors reported on the Alex Smith trade to the Kansas City Chiefs. Early thoughts was that the Ravens would not place the exclusive franchise on Flacco, allow a team like the Cleveland Browns to grab him up, and then trade for Alex Smith. With Smith off the market, that option was gone.
The second interesting news this week surrounded Tom Brady taking a pay cut in order to help the New England Patriots field a better team and re-sign some of their key players to help them compete for another Super Bowl. In an opposite move, Flacco signed a six-year deal worth $120.6 million, making him the highest paid player in the NFL.
As a result, players like Anquan Boldin are more than likely out the door and replacing Ray Lewis will be very hard.
This is also interesting because, before he led the Ravens to a Super Bowl this past season, Flacco was seen as an average quarterback and game manager at best. He is still nowhere near as important as Drew Brees, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but the new Flacco record deal means he makes more than all of them.