PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 06: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 6, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The agent for Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said his client deserves to get paid like a top five quarterback. Flacco even went as far to state he thought he was the best. Now, with contract talks apparently at a standstill as according to a story on NFL.com, the Ravens and Flacco's representatives have not met since the NFL Scouting Combine in late February.
Most people would probably consider the top of the QB rankings to include, in no specific order, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning and a healthy Peyton Manning. One might also argue to put Philip Rivers or Ben Roethlisberger up there as well. However, most people outside of Baltimore probably wouldn't include Joe Flacco anywhere in that grouping.
If Flacco wants to be paid like a top-five QB, everyone says he needs to start playing like one. If the Ravens cannot work out a deal before the 2012 season begins, odds are they won't be negotiating during the season. With that said, the negotiations will then either go forward or backward depending on the type of season Flacco has next year.
Of course, if by some chance the two sides cannot come to an agreement on a new contract, then the Ravens could always give their QB top five money by placing the Franchise Tag on Flacco, which will pay him the one year salary of the average of the top five players at his position.
Walla, Joe! There is your top five salary your agent wanted so badly. However, if you are a bit more reasonable and are willing to become a highly paid quarterback in this league after four good, but certainly not great, NFL seasons, I'm sure the Ravens and you can work out a deal to put these negotiations to bed in time to re-focus your attention in finally getting to the next level both individually and as a team, and winning the Super Bowl!