There’s no question Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was tremendous in the 2012-2013 NFL postseason as he led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. Over the years, the 6’6” 245 pound athlete from the University of Delaware has transformed his game immensely. Flacco has been able to take advantage of his incredibly strong arm, and develop one of the best deep balls in the NFL today. A championship ring and Super Bowl MVP on his shoulder, the Ravens have rewarded there star quarterback with a record setting six-year contract worth over $120 million dollars. This huge contract now makes Flacco the highest paid quarterback in NFL history. As he did have a more than impressive win in Super Bowl XLVII, many have come to question if Flacco is even worthy of one of the most lucrative contracts in the history of football.
|How much money is Joe Flacco really worth?|
Headlined by the Ravens 13 time Pro Bowler, and 2 time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis’ announced retirement, the Ravens brought life back into Baltimore come playoff time. The Ravens battled and fought there way through the tough AFC, including wins over the Colts, Broncos, and the former AFC champions, the New England Patriots. Then the Ravens took out the San Francisco 49ers to take Super Bowl XLVII, and give both Joe Flacco his first Super Bowl ring, and Ray Lewis’s last. The most eye-popping stats of all belong to Flacco though. Flacco through an extraordinary 11 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions throughout the entire postseason. Yes, that’s right, 0 interceptions! And to top it all off, his quarterback rating throughout the entire postseason nearly doubled his regular season total with 83.6 overall, and 95.1 in the Super Bowl game. Joe Flacco’s near perfect Super Bowl performance more than earned him a Super Bowl ring and Super Bowl MVP, but put him on the front cover of every newspaper nation wide, and put him in the conversation for top 5 quarterbacks in the league. His journey from the University of Delaware to the Super Bowl MVP quarterback is one of a kind.
In his rookie year, Joe Flacco signed a five-year contract worth around $30 million dollars, $8.75 million of which was guaranteed. More than suiting for a average quarterback, after Flacco picked up his game, and had a more than memorable performance in the 2011-2012 AFC championship game loss, a contract extension was looming. But as news broke out that Flacco’s agents and the Ravens were very far away from the deal, his future in Baltimore was suddenly is limbo. In fact, at the begininng of the 2012-2013 season, Flacco and his agents rejected a new contract worth $16 million dollars a year, citing that he believes he could earn more. His Super Bowl season definitely raised that $16 million dollar mark much higher. But when reports came out on March 1 saying Flacco had signed a six-year contract worth over $120 million dollars, the sports world starred in amazement. Joe Flacco has become the highest paid quarterback in NFL history, and is currently set to make more than superstars Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady.
Now the highest paid quarterback in the history of the NFL, Joe Flacco is on top of the sports world right now. But is Joe Flacco really worth $120 million dollars? The answer is no. As spectacular as Flacco played throughout this postseason, Flacco’s regular season stats are simply average, and is just not at the same level skill wise as some of the other top quarterbacks in the league like Aaron Rodgers. Flacco’s value on the Baltimore Ravens is not in question, and especially with the Ravens leader Ray Lewis retiring, there going to need all the leadership he can get. Still, Flacco is not a $120 million dollar quarterback until he shows he can compete with the superstars all season long.
Readers might be asking themselves right now, “If Joe Flacco isn’t worth $120 million dollars, where does he stand amongst all other quarterbacks?” Well Flacco has certainly put himself in the top 10 this year. In his defense, he now has a ring to prove it. But he doesn’t put up the same types of numbers as the top 5 quarterbacks. In no particular order, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Eli Manning are all better than him. They put up top 5 caliber stats every year, and have either one or multiple rings to prove so. Now that Flacco isn’t the top 5, where does he go next? Still, Flacco is behind 2 time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger, and just behind his other 2008 draftee Matt Ryan. Ryan played absolutely phenomenal this year, as he led the Falcons to a 13-3 record, earning them the number 1 seed in the NFC. Let’s not forget to mention that besides having better regular season stats then Flacco, Ryan was also one game from the Super Bowl. After Ryan comes Flacco at the number 8 spot. In fact, even at the number 8 spot, he still isn’t safe. He has his competeting super bowl quarterback Collin Kaepernick right behind him. Especially with the loss of wide receiver Anquan Boldin, it’s going to be a tough year for Flacco. Yes, he peeks the top 10, but his regular season performance is not consistent enough to land him in the top 5.
Let’s reflect: Joe Flacco had a interception-less post season, a Super Bowl ring, and a Super Bowl MVP. Nevertheless, his regular season stats don’t add up to make him a top 5 quarterback in the league. Joe Flacco deserved a significant contract extension, but his six-year $120 million dollar contract making him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL just isn’t right. Any fan can respect Flacco, and he has a bright future ahead of him that has potential to live up to his contract. But right now as it stands, he isn’t at the top 5 level, and will burden the Ravens come free agency and draft time when they want to sign big name players, but will have to cut back due to giving Flacco too much money.