The Ravens have been in the playoffs for the last five years because they haven't had to overpay for one position and have been able to accumulate excellent talent throughout the roster. Paying Flacco 20 million dollars will destroy that dynamic. Flacco turned down a 16 million dollar yearly contract and I think that was generous at the time and now. His agent is trying to make a name for himself and may have played himself and Flacco. The best decision for the Ravens is to put the 14 million dollar non-exclusive tag on Flacco. This way, they don't pay an outragous salary for Flacco or receive two draft picks for him. If KC, ARIZONA, or JACKSONVILLE make a big offer for Flacco, I would let him go. The Ravens would then get TWO (2) TOP FIVE PICKS THE NEXT TWO YEARS. They could get Geno Smith from West Virginia this year and possibly get JEDAVEON CLOWNEY NEXT YEAR. I think that is better value. Plus, Flacco will be 29 during this coming season so the possibility of injury increases with age. Why mortgage the future to overpay Flacco? Tyrod Taylor has played well in preseason and led the Ravens to 17 points in less than three quarters against the Bengals in this past seasons finale. He can run like Vick and is a better passer than Vick at this stage of his career.
Since the Ravens have won a Super Bowl with Flacco, and recent NFL history shows that overpaying one or two players after winning it does not lead to consecutive Super Bowls, why make the same mistake that the last 8 or 9 SB winners have made. The Ravens could build a super team if they bring Q, Jacoby Jones, Ellerbe, and McKenney back, and add top five draft pick talent the next two years as well as good talent from our regular draft picks.
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