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Joe Flacco on damage control after agentís Ravens comments

5/30/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsJoe Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, didn’t attempt to mince words earlier this weekend when calling out the Baltimore Ravens for a mistake in their in the way negotiations went down for the quarterbacks new contract. Linta said that the Ravens made a “dumb move” when they let Flacco walk away without a contract in 2012, which could have helped them save some serious money in the long-run. Flacco went on to win the Super Bowl for the Ravens the following season and then signed a lucrative six-year, $120.6 million contract this offseason.
"I've never in my life seen a dumber move. I guess people can say, 'Well, Joe was dumb, too.' It could have been [dumb], God forbid, if he got hurt,” said Linta over the weekend. “But $1 million to (Ravens owner) Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That's like 100 bucks for you or me today.”
While Linta and his client won the negotiations part with the Ravens, the sneering public comments were a class less act on his part and could end up potentially damaging relations on both sides. So, Flacco joined the damage control efforts on Wednesday, while in the process driving a clear rift between his opinions and Linta’s comments.
"Obviously I don't feel that way," Flacco told the team’s official website on Wednesday. "I think he probably got a little excited about it."
Earlier this week, Linta clarified on his comments claiming that he was in “parental mode” and only attempting to defend Flacco against suggestions that the Super Bowl MVP’s greed led to hefty a contract that forced the Ravens to part ways with several veterans this offseason.
"To be honest with you, in sort of a parental mode,” said Linta on Tuesday. “I had gotten sick of the intimations that he was greedy and that type of thing.”
However, Linta’s comments have led critics to speculate if there could be consequences to when both sides predictably hit the negotiations table again to rework the current contract in 2016. The cap numbers are expected to drastically increase to $28.55 million following the third year of Flacco’s contract.
"I think the good thing about the whole process was that when we were negotiating the deal, there was always respect," Flacco said of the failed negotiations in 2012. "I had respect for them with the deal they offered, and I think they respected my decision to not take it.
"I like Joe's fire, and I like that he's trying to protect me in any way," added Flacco. "But in no way do I have those feelings toward the organization. I thought the whole time there was respect on both sides and there will continue to be."
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