Joe Flacco Gets 3-Year Contract Extension, Elite Debate Heads to Congress

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Joe Flacco (still via WBAL-TV)
Joe Flacco (still via WBAL-TV)

His eliteness was once again called into question this week, but the Ravens agreed to add another three years to Joe Flacco’s contract.

After finishing a year in which Flacco tore his ACL with a losing record, the Ravens opted to free up some additional money under the salary cap by paying Flacco more over a longer period of time.’s Jason LaConfora reports that the three-year extension is worth $66.4 million total. Flacco was entering year 3 of his six-year, $120 million contract that followed the team’s 2013 Super Bowl win. The extension puts him in Baltimore until he is 36 years old.

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome claimed the Ravens didn’t need the savings, but it will help as the team looks to free agency.

“I want to win. That’s the main priority,” Flacco said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Obviously we all want to make money, but you want to do it while you’re winning.”

He also apparently wasn’t shy about flaunting his money:

The news comes as Flacco’s eliteness was once again under scrutiny. While the questions initially started on Twitter, the issue has become a political football in the presidential race. And now some anonymous person in Congress weighed in.

A line was added to Flacco’s Wikipedia page after his stats that read,”All that said, he is not an elite quarterback.” A day later it hasn’t been edited again. Perhaps the forthcoming poll results will change the mood in Washington.

Here are some other Flacco observations from today:









Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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