Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/6/13
In this edition of “Football Nation Today,” Alex looks at the landscape in the NFL as we enter the start of free agency:1st Down: Alex begins the program by looking at Joe Flacco’s record-setting six- year contract worth $120 million.  How much value does Flacco have to the Ravens, and is this an indication that they view him as a building block for years to come?Alex says it’s doubtful that Flacco will earn the contract, but he doesn’t have to.  He has a mild salary cap hit of $6.8 this year, and $14.8 million in 2014.  After that, when his cap hit skyrockets, the Ravens can restructure the deal if Flacco isn’t worth this money.  The contract isn’t permanent, just like every other contract in the NFL.A mere eight players were franchised this week, and Alex says that’s a sign many teams around the league expect players to be available for below market value this offseason.  Which teams are in the best position to take advantage of this environment? 2nd Down: Alex sounds off on NFL t...
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