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Flacco: Is He Worth $20M?

As with any Super Bowl champion, the Ravens are entering the 2013 offseason with a whirlwind of questions surrounding potential departures of key players who were integral pieces of the Super Bowl formula. The biggest of these questions and perhaps the biggest story in the entire league entering the offseason is the value of Joe Flacco, is he really worth the $20M he’s asking for? My answer is a resounding "yes"; Flacco played lights out in the playoffs on his way to earning Super Bowl MVP honors and tying the record for touchdown passes in a single postseason, not to mention that he avoided throwing a single interception in the playoffs. In his five-year career, Flacco already holds the record for road playoff wins and is the only quarterback to reach the postseason in each of his first five seasons. Perhaps the most crucial factor in making the case for Flacco is the importance of consistency at the quarterback position. Teams who are comfortable with their man under center tend to tailor their offense to the strengths of their quarterback, as evidenced by the increased number of downfield throws that we have seen from the Ravens’ offense in recent years. For those who have short memories, the failed experiments following the release of Trent Dilfer, Baltimore’s first Super Bowl winning quarterback, cannot be ignored; including quarterbacks Elvis Grbac, Kyle Boller, and Troy Smith. That should be more than enough reason for the Ravens’ front office to place a higher value on their Super Bowl winning signal caller. For the first time since entering the league in 1996, the Ravens have a talented, strong-armed, young quarterback who is capable of taking over games and taking pressure off of their running game and the defense, the type of quarterback that every team in the NFL would want leading their offense.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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