This is quarterback Joe Flacco's message to the Ravens: Pay now or pay later, but the bottom line is he will get paid. A lot.
Talking to Flacco's agent, Joe Linta earlier this week, he stopped short of admitting that as the season goes on -- thanks to the no-huddle offense -- the price-tag for re-signing the quarterback would keep growing.
But in an interview with NFL.com's Total Access, Flacco said exactly that.
"I'm not worried about my contract. That's exactly why," said Flacco, in the final year of a five-year deal that pays him just under 7 million this season. "As time goes by, I don't see myself getting any cheaper so we'll see how that goes."
That's a lot of confidence from Flacco, who everyone contends is more assertive and vocal and has an even greater say in the offensive scheme of coordinator Cam Cameron. He opened in a 44-13 blowout vs. the Cincinnati Bengals by passing 21-for-29 for 299 yards and two touchdowns.
Solid numbers, indeed, but hardly exceptional. His yards were 10th best on opening day and the Bengals, although a playoff team themselves, were winless against playoff teams last season. He also had several poor throws that could've changed the tone of the game in the first half had they been intercepted.
Flacco, however, had a 128.4 passer rating, which was better than Drew Brees (Saints), Tom Brady (Patriots) and Aaron Rodgers (Packers). He was named the AFC offensive player of he week.
He goes on the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. If he can replicate what he did a week ago, then maybe he's onto something.
A lot can change over the course of a 16-game season. Linta still is waiting to get a phone call from Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome to get talks underway.
The Ravens don't appear to be in a rush, though they'll likely come to an agreement before the season is complete. Neither is Flacco.
But the hurry-up could get everyone to the table faster.