OWINGS MILLS – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco cannot run very fast right now, but he welcomes the idea of adding more speed to the Ravens’ offense next season.
As players packed their bags Monday and began their offseason, Flacco held court in the locker room surrounded by reporters. As he continued to recover from knee surgery, Flacco addressed some key points, including:
- The Ravens’ need for more speed
“You see what speed does,” Flacco said. “You see what the Steelers are doing with the speed they’ve added the last couple of years. It definitely makes a difference out there. I’m not saying it’s something that we need, but when we’ve had it here, it’s definitely made a little bit of a difference. It helps.”
Asked if he would campaign for who he wanted the Ravens to draft, Flacco smiled and said, “I’m not a scout. I don’t know what I’m looking for, but I will be in the building a lot. So I’m sure I’ll have a lot of conversations with people, and if they ask me, I’m going to give my honest opinion.”
- Flacco has not been given a definitive timetable for his return, but said he expected to recover from knee surgery right around the start of training camp in late July.
“By August I’ll be eight weeks out of surgery,” Flacco said. “I don’t know what the timeline is on these things, but I’m in there doing the work. I’m expecting I’ll be ready to go.”
- Flacco knows the six-year, $120 million contract he signed in 2013 must be restructured this offseason for the Ravens to have the financial flexibility they need. His cap number next season is a whopping $28.55 million.
“I know that it’s obviously out there, and it’s going to be somewhat of an issue,” Flacco said of his contract. “I haven’t thought about it too much. I haven’t talked to anybody about it. It’s sitting there. No matter what you do, there’s no way of getting around having a big cap number at some point, or a consistently big cap number. The first few years of my deal, the cap number wasn’t very big, so you don’t really have any other way around it than to have a monster one at the end of it. You know it’s coming unless the salary cap makes an enormous jump. It’s really kind of out of my control. It’s an issue that these guys are used to dealing with.”
- Flacco said he was building a good relationship with first-year offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.
“In the beginning, it was getting to know each other, and obviously getting used to his way of doing things, and him kind of feeling me out,”Flacco said. “But about halfway through the year, I felt like…started to get to that point where we understood each other a little bit, and we started to move along pretty smoothly.”