Whether or not you agree with Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco that he is one of the ‘elites’ in the NFL, he will apparently be well compensated.
Personally, I believed that Colin Kaepernick deserved the MVP in February’s Super Bowl, even though they came up short. Regardless of personal feelings, Flacco has a new contract, partially based on Baltimore’s victory.
According to sources, Flacco signed a six-year deal worth just over $120 million, which would make Flacco the highest paid player in NFL history. He was eligible for free agency, but management made his signing their off- season priority.
Will he prove that he is worth more money than multiple Super Bowl winners Tom Brady, Eli Manning, or Ben Roethlisberger? Only time will tell. But Baltimore has its problems, and a return to the Super Bowl will rely on solving them.
The defense could be in total disarray. Ray Lewis retired, Ed Reid is free to go, and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe could be gone by training camp. The Ravens who had trouble against the run last season, could be even more vulnerable. They also lost Center Matt Birk to retirement. Birk had planned to retire before the 2012 season, but was encouraged to play one more season.
Repeating as a Super Bowl champion is extremely difficult. Off-season decisions by other AFC quarterbacks such as Brady and Roethlisberger will increase their competiveness. And Peyton Manning will have Denver in contention once again.
The NFC has a few elite teams, but the AFC is more competitive than ever. And the Ravens have to come out of the AFC North unscathed.
Columnist-The Guardian Express