According to sources, the Baltimore Ravens have given quarterback Joe Flacco a three-year contract extension through 2021.  How much the Ravens will pay Flacco over the next three years is not yet known, but the team gave the extension to help make room in the salary cap rather than taking on Flacco’s last contract. 

Joe Flacco has played his entire eight year NFL career in Baltimore since he was drafted by the Ravens in 2008 with the 18th pick in the draft.  The six year deal Flacco signed prior to the start of the 2013 season was worth $120.6 million and the quarterback was the highest paid player in the NFL at the time.  Last season was definitely not his best, as he had 12 interceptions alongside his 14 touchdown passes in a 10 game stretch which ended when he tore his MCL and ACL in his knee in a November victory over the Rams.  Flacco has had a fairly successful career in Baltimore, having been to the postseason 6 times and winning the Superbowl and MVP title in Superbowl 47.  In his eight seasons with Baltimore, Flacco has maintained an 84.7 Quarterback rating, throwing 162 touchdowns and completing sixty percent of his passes, totaling 28,322 passing yards with 102 interceptions.  Flacco is thirty one years old, which means that he is nearing the end of his career but many believe that he isn’t quite done yet and is still able to perform and make his team a playoff contender.  How the Ravens will do next year and in the future likely depends on other offseason moves and coaching, but Flacco will be back and many expect that the Ravens will have regained their form by next September after last year’s disappointing season.

 

Published by Ville Iso-Ahola