Joe Flacco wants to be paid like Peyton Manning

Joe Flacco wants to be paid like Peyton. Translation: Have fun with the franchise tag

1/29/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jan 28, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco arrives with teammates at Louis Armstrong International Airport for Super Bowl XLVII. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsOne of the biggest stories leading up to the Super Bowl is the fact that Joe Flacco's contract is expiring this year, and he'll be negotiating a new contract with the Ravens.

Of course, the fact that Flacco is making an appearance in his first Super Bowl certainly helps his stock.

Still, some of the rumors that are coming from the Flacco camp are a bit over the top.

Kinda like this report, saying that he's playing better than Peyton Manning, and will ask for more money than Peyton got.

There's no denying that Flacco had a pretty good year, and is having a nice postseason. But does he deserve more money than Peyton Manning?

The answer to that question is a rather resounding and easy "no."

If Flacco is really asking for $19.2M per year, then I don't think the Ravens really have any choice. The franchise tag, which would pay him $14.642M for one season, appears to be absolutely necessary.

Honestly, unless Flacco throws for 400 yards and 5 TD in the Super Bowl, there is no point whatsoever negotiating with him if his starting negotiation point is $19M per year, or more.

Flacco isn't a bad QB. I think he might be a little underrated, even. But he's also no Peyton Manning. And if he really demands that kind of money, the Ravens would be better off walking away.
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1/29/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Peyton is like a big time celebrity, and Flacco is just a very good QB.