Found February 18, 2013 on thepigskinreport.com:
Today marks the first day that teams can place the franchise tag on players around the NFL. Last season, a record 21 players were slapped with the tag with 12 of those players agreeing to multi-year deals before the July 16th deadline last year. Fresh off a Super Bowl victory and MVP award, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has played the final year of his rookie contract and is eligible for free agency this offseason. Flacco will never reach the free agent market but desires a long-term deal as his agent proclaimed Flacco should be paid as one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Talks are expected to begin at the annual NFL Combine which opens this week. The Ravens really only have themselves to blame for this current situation. They should have worked out a contract extension prior to the start of the season, but based on this season, Flacco has earned himself a significant pay upgrade. If the Ravens are unable to get a long-term deal done with Flacco, they will place the...
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