Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 5/26/13

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 staggering $28.55 million cap number in 2016.

Linta knows the Ravens won't be able to take the massive cap hit, and he doesn't seem to care.

"I'm not apologetic for the fact this is really a three-year deal, there's no way they can afford $29 million a couple of years from now,'' Linta said. "I'm not apologetic. They chose to walk away.''

Even though the contract is signed, sealed, and delivered -- and well-deserved for the Super Bowl-winning quarterback -- Linta's comments go to show how contentious negotiations can be.

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