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“Elite” Joe Flacco’s Super Bowl performance means cash in his pocket

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl MVPI think at this point every NFL quarterback is hoping they get cornered in the offseason with the “Do you think you are an elite quarterback in the NFL” question. It certainly worked for Eli Manning in 2011 and now Joe Flacco in 2012. Flacco’s excellent end of the regular season, playoff run, and ultimate Super Bowl XLVII win is going to mean big money for the 5th year quarterback.

In 2012 Flacco was in the final year of his contract with the Baltimore Ravens, and he opted to turn down a sizeable contract extension during the season in hopes of finding a way to land a larger payday. Mission accomplished. Taking your team to and winning the Super Bowl is as good as you can do, Joe. And, he did so in spectacular fashion. Flacco put up excellent numbers in the Ravens’ postseason run. He tallied 1,140 passing yards for 11 touchdowns, completed 57.9% of his passes and had a passer rating of 117.2. Not to mention he was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP. His 11 touchdowns in the postseason ties him with Joe Montana for the most touchdowns thrown in a single postseason. I don’t know about his place in the ranks of current NFL quarterbacks, but those numbers are certainly elite.

Now the question is going to be what kind of big numbers will appear in Joe Flacco’s bank account. Recently contracts for top tier quarterbacks have been pretty gawdy. Prior to the 2012 season Peyton Manning signed a five-year, $96 million deal with Denver and Drew Brees signed a five-year deal worth $100 with New Orleans. In 2010 Tom Brady signed a four-year deal worth $72 million with New England, and Eli Manning signed a six-year, $97.5 deal with the Giants in 2009. By putting up one of the best postseason performances in the history of the NFL and by winning Super Bowl XLVII Flacco has sealed the deal on a big contract. My guess is that he is going to see something like a six-year, $100 contract.

The “Are you elite” question is a trap question for any athlete. What are these guys supposed to say? “No, I just consider myself middle of the road. I’m not as good as a lot of guys out there.” A team doesn’t want to hear that, and they want their players to exude confidence. Confidence breeds confidence, and much of the time it leads to success. Time will tell whether Joe Flacco is truly “elite”, but his performance in this postseason wins him that title for a little while. That, a Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl MVP, and big money on the horizon. Way to go, Joe.

(photo courtesy of Sporting News)

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