Joe Flacco officially became the highest paid player in NFL history Monday as he signed his new 6 year $120.6 million dollar contract. The deal, like most big contracts, is only guaranteed for about 40% to 50% of the total amount of the contract. In this case, $52 of the $120.6 is guaranteed. Within a few minutes of getting $29 million just for signing on the dotted line, Joe was quick to point out that he would not feel the pressures of such a large contract. In fact he went through a McDonald’s drive thru later on and ordered a 10-piece McNugget meal.
Only time will tell if that statement is true or not as now most of us will look for reasons that suggest he was not worthy of said contract. “It wasn’t necessarily about the money. It was, at that point, about earning that respect and feeling like I was respected around here”. Let’s face it Joe, respect means money, and a lot of it! I am sure that at some point this deal will have to be renegotiated because there comes a $29 million cap hit to the Ravens in 2016 (Good luck with that one).
During the regular season, Flacco is above average at best. But get him into the playoffs and he turns into an elite franchise quarterback. The term “No ordinary Joe” applies to Flacco like it did to Namath and Montana. In his first 5 years in the league, Flacco has taken his team to the playoffs every year, an NFL record. His performance in the last 2 postseasons will show he threw 15 TD’s vs. 1 INT. In fact, had it not been for a late drop of a game winning TD against the Patriots by Lee Evans 2 years ago, Flacco might be a back-to-back Super Bowl winning QB. He could’ve been the first since Troy Aikman went back-to-back with the Cowboys in the early ‘90’s.
Bottom line: Joe Flacco may not be worth every penny of his new record breaking contract, but over the next 5 years we will prove it.