(NEW YORK) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is still riding high after receiving his record-breaking contract this offseason, but his agent felt the need to take one last shot at the Ravens for not getting the deal done quicker.
Prior to the 2012 season, Flacco and the Ravens were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract. Flacco and his agent, Joe Linta, tried to negotiate a reasonable deal that would be cap-friendly, and still would have kept Flacco with the team for the long-term.
Without a new deal, Flacco went on to lead the Ravens to their second Super Bowl championship in franchise history. He then signed a six-year deal worth $120.6 million, making him one of the highest paid players in the NFL. Linta thinks the Ravens should have gotten Flacco cheaper when they had the chance. He says prior to the season, the two sides were fighting over “$1 million six years from now,” and Flacco would have averaged $16 million a season over five years.
“I’ve never in my life seen a dumber move,” Linta told USA Today. “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 [Ravens owner] Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That’s like 100 bucks for me or you today.”
Flacco has been the Ravens starting quarterback since 2008.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire