Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 3/1/13
I hate when teams overpay based off of a short period of uncharacteristically strong play. I always like to consider where a guy was a year ago when grading moves. Well with Joe Flacco, you don’t even have to consider where he was a year ago. All you have to do is consider where he was 4 games ago. Going into January, he might not have gotten 60 million total on a contract (somewhere around 4 years, 60 million would have been reasonable). Now he gets 60 million guaranteed and becomes the highest paid quarterback in NFL history in terms of yearly salary, guaranteed money, and total value of contract. His 6 year, 120.6 million dollar deal surpasses Drew Brees’ 5 year, 100 million dollar deal from last off-season. As good as he was in the playoffs, he does not deserve to be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL and in that way, he is “overpaid.” However, the Ravens didn’t have a choice, which is why this still gets a good grade. Yes, if you compare this contract to other contracts o...
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