Originally written 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 stagg...
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