Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/30/12

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
At some point in the not too distant future, probably before the beginning of the 2012 regular season, the Baltimore Ravens will reward Joe Flacco with a contract extension that makes him one of the league's highest paid quarterbacks. Then this debate, already fairly vocal among Ravens' fans, will really heat up: Is Flacco, who last season came within a dropped Lee Evans pass of taking the club to Super Bowl XLVI, really an "elite" quarterback? It has been a hot button issue in Baltimore the last several years, a favorite topic of sports-talk radio regulars. And the discussion is hardly limited to just Baltimore or Flacco, either. Subtract Flacco's name and fill in the blank with, say, Philip Rivers, or Matt Ryan, or Mark Sanchez. Or certainly Tony Romo, a lightning rod in Dallas over the offseason. It's not good enough anymore to throw for 4,000 yards -- the new norm in the league -- lead a franchise to the playoffs, or be considered among the best players at a position that...
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