PHILADELPHIA - Every time another NFL quarterback gets a new contract, it works in Joe Flacco’s favor.
Flacco and the Ravens are expected to rework his contract after the 2015 season. The six-year, $120.6 million deal that Flacco signed in 2012 will count about $28.5 million against the salary cap. The Ravens would like to reduce that cap number, while Flacco, who doesn't want to play anywhere else, will still have leverage to command more guaranteed money.
A number of NFL quarterbacks have signed lucrative deals since Flacco agreed to his deal in 2012, including Philip Rivers of the Chargers ($65 million guaranteed), Russell Wilson of the Seahawks ($61 million guaranteed), and Cam Newton of the Panthers ($60 million guaranteed). Flacco is not keeping score, but he’s paying attention.
“I don’t know if I relate it to me, but I definitely pay to attention to it,” Flacco said after Wednesday’s joint practice with the Eagles. “Man, guys are getting a lot of money.”
Eli Manning of the Giants could be the next quarterback to cash in. Meanwhile, Flacco wouldn’t mind doing the same thing he did in 2012 – win a Super Bowl, then earn more money.