Word is Joe Flacco wants $20 million in a renewed contract for next season with the Baltimore Ravens. In let the negotiations begin-fashion, the "dull" quarterback, as his father describes his son, wants to center any talks around numbers that rival Drew Brees' five-year $100 million deal. Imagine that?
According to a Jan. 28 report by NBCSports, Flacco's contract is expiring at the right moment when the lights are on him to make history. In the last seven games, he's posted numbers and left behind a bevvy of highlights that make Hall-of-Famers gasp.
The Ravens quarterback may lack the shock and awe of an RG3 or the charisma of Tom Brady, but what he lacks in pizzazz, he makes it up in results on the gridiron.
At the end of Flacco's third season in the NFL with the Ravens, he threw the ball 10,206 yards, had 60 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. But is Flacco worth $20 million?
Additionally, he finished the 2010 season with a 82.9 percent QB rating with a 62.9 percent completion rate. Question: How many rookies play every game at that level and put up numbers through their third season.
As the Ravens shot-caller, Joe boasts a win-loss record of 54-26 with Baltimore as its starting quarterback. Having led his team to a dozen playoff games and Super Bowl 47, he is much better suited this time around to leverage his results against a huge payday.
Make no mistake: Flacco is a man few of words and flashy tricks. But as CBS noted, Joe is an elite quarterback, and is one step away from giving his ill-forgotten city immortal bragging rights.
While Joe Flacco wants $20 million, the question is: Will the ravens ante up? If not, expect the free-agency song to begin.
And as for the franchise tag, general manager Ozzie Newsome may have to forget about that possibility. However, stranger things happen all the time.
Perhaps, the picture becomes clearer after the game plays out in the Big Easy.