Despite landing a record-setting deal for his client, Joe Linta still reflects back on a checkered past.
The longtime agent for Joe Flacco revealed to USA Today how contracts talks with the Ravens fell apart in 2012 over a difference of $1 million in non-guaranteed base salary.
"$1 million six years from now, in the base salary non-guaranteed money, and they walked away," Linta said. "It cost them $35 million. So I have no sympathy. None.
Linta's non-sympathetic views turned into a not-so-subtle shot at Ravens ownership.
"I've never in my life seen a dumber move. I guess people can say, 'Well, Joe was dumb, too.' It could have been (dumb), God forbid, if he got hurt. But $1 million to Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That's like 100 bucks for you or me today.''
At the end of this apparent ordeal, Linta worked out a six-year, $120.6 million contract that included $52 million in guarantees. The gigantic pact basically amounts to a three-year deal that carries a stagg...