Originally written on theredzone.org  |  Last updated 2/8/13
The Ravens are in a bit of a quandary as they are going to need to sign many of their high priced players. As such they are pondering which Franchise tender to offer Joe Flacco. The exclusive tender will give them exclusive rights to negotiate with the player; however the cost of the exclusive tender would make Flacco's contract in the 20 million dollar range. A very high number to carry against the cap. The restrictive tender would place his number around 14-15 million. That is where it becomes tricky, because other teams can then enter the fray and negotiate with Flacco. The Ravens can match the offer or they can collect two first round draft picks as compensation. If the Eagles wanted to get involve they would have to surrender this years pick and next years pick, but the result would be they have a franchise quarterback who is relatively young and has already won a Super Bowl. The Redskins gave up more to draft unproven RG3. They would also have to manipulate the cap number to that it would be impossible for the Ravens to matc the offer to Flacco otherwise they would just be doing the negotiations for the Ravens. It's an interesting proposition. Flacco may not be considered one of the elites, but he's certainly clutch, and is at least a top 5 quarterback. He would instantly make the Eagles a better football team even if he isn't the prototypical Chip Kelly quarterback. At 28 he still has 7-10 good years of football left considering he's a pocket passer who isn't taking the hits many of the running quarterbacks endure. If I were running the Eagles and if the Ravens slip up I would be willing to give up 2 number one picks for this guy. Some further reading: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/07/franchise-players-can-still-be-signed-by-other-teams/
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