Flacco gets a six year, $120 million deal
- Updated: March 2, 2013
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers.
Those are probably the names that come to mind when you think about who the highest paid quarterback in the NFL is. But the Ravens and Joe Flacco struck a six year, $120 million deal that will make him the highest paid quarterback in NFL history.
Many people say he doesn’t deserve it. But why do you draft quarterbacks? Would you rather have 5,000 yards a season like Matthew Stafford and watch the playoffs at home, or would you rather have a guy who threw for under 4,000 but brought home a Super Bowl?
And how about his postseason stats? He threw 11 touchdowns to zero interceptions during the playoffs this year. His rainbow to Jacoby Jones in Denver may have taken a little bit of luck, but not many quarterbacks can throw a ball that far. He’s 9-4 in the playoffs in his entire career. He may not be the main guy behind every win, but he’s not the main guy behind every loss either (cough, Peyton, cough).
This isn’t to say that Flacco deserves to be the highest paid quarterback to ever play in the NFL. But people who say that he doesn’t deserve to get a fat contract after leading the Ravens to upsets against the Broncos, Patriots, and 49ers need to back off of him. His stats may not be the prettiest (a sub- 60 completion percentage), but when it matters most Flacco pulls through. Heck, if it weren’t for Lee Evans dropping the ball in the AFC Championship last year then the Ravens might have just capped off their second straight Super Bowl victory.
Say what you want, but since 2000 only nine quarterbacks have won Super Bowls, and Joe Flacco is the latest to do so. And with a general manager like Ozzie Newsome in charge, I don’t think that I’d be questioning the Ravens’ logic.
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