The slam dunk wisdom in NFL circles after Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has to get paid. He just has to. And by “paid” we mean paid like the league’s best quarterback, or something very close (I mean, of course he’s paid something).
The question is why. Flacco’s 87.7 passer rating placed him 12th in the NFL in 2012, in line with his career rating of 86.3 over five years. That’s solid-but-not-great territory. Looking ahead, it’s quite possible he’ll be surpassed by some of the league’s rising young guns like Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck. So why would Flacco, a free agent, command a contract in line with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, whose numbers he doesn’t touch?