Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that not only are the Ravens likely to franchise QB Joe Flacco in the next few weeks, but they may have to use the exclusive franchise tag to ensure that he will be back for at least another season.
If Baltimore were to apply the general franchise tag they would have to pay Flacco $14.6 million, but they would run the risk that a team could part with two first-round picks and sign him away. The exclusive franchise tag would run Baltimore $20.464 million, which is the average of the top-five quarterback salaries in the league.
Florio adds that the exclusive tag figure could drop based on teams restructurings the contracts of the five players (Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger) use to calculate the number.
The Ravens already have cap issues to work through, so even if the exclusive number comes in lower than the $20.464 million figure; it could be an extra $5-6 million in additional cap space that t...