When the subject of his new contract first came up after last season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he would like to complete the process before the 2012 season kicks off.
Now its July, training camp has begun and the regular season is coming into view, just six weeks away, and Flacco remains without a new deal, even though the Ravens and his agent, Joe Linta, are negotiating.
But unlike some players, who prefer not to deal with the business-side of their careers during the season, Flacco said he wont mind if the negotiations stretch into the season.
It doesnt matter to me. Its not like Im up in the offices negotiating my contract, he said Thursday. I really dont have any thought about it. Its up to my agent. If he happens to call me one day in October Its not like Im thinking about it in October. Its not going to distract me.
Entering the final year of the five-year deal he signed as a rookie, Flacco is due to make almost 7 million this year. His new contract could be the largest in the Ravens history. While a range of possibilities exist, his deal could contain more than 30 million in guaranteed salary and a total value of over 70 million.
But as Flacco continually states, he is focused on playing the game, not profiting from it.
Yeah, Im not worried about it, especially when you are out here on whatever, however hot it was today, and youre practicing. Thats the last thing thats on your mind, Flacco said after Thursdays practice.
Flaccos teammate, Ray Rice, who signed a five-year, 40 million deal last week, said Flacco is right not to worry because, well, he has nothing to worry about.
Joe Flacco has been a great quarterback for us, and I know at the end of the day he will get taken care of, and Im sure thats what his mindset is, Rice said.
The absence of drama from the situation might surprise some, but its really no surprise given Flaccos low-key nature.
I havent been worried about it; Im not worried about it. It will happen one day, and whenever it happens, I will be excited, but you probably really wont be able to see it too much, Flacco said.