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[News] Late For Work 2/25: Jacoby Jones Going On 'Dancing With The Stars'

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Flacco contract talks went fine, Ravens ready to gamble on tag? Lewis at NASCAR.

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I still say what I've said all along: Flacco will receive the non-exclusive tag. The media way overhyped the theoretical possibility of another franchise luring him away. It's like it was last season when some media outlets almost saw it as a fact that a team (mostly the Pats it was) will snatch Webb - forget that some of the more sober voices tried to explain that franchises seldom ever take first round tender RFA's - and that's what happened. People should learn the limits of nfl-com's and espn's credibility. They'll always take a good story over facts and probabilities. Flacco snatched by the Browns? Great story. Flaco receiving the non-exclusive tag, still remaining in baltimore? No story. Of course they pick the first one to talk about at length...

No worries, my fellow Ravens-fans, Flacco is here to stay.

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I do agree with you bio but you also havce to remember that we are not talking about a CB. this is a franchise QB! If you can front load a contract the Ravens will not be able to match it. 2 first round picks and a front loaded contract is a very tempting option (especially for cleveland who can't seem to ever find a QB). The hype by the writers is very over blown but I also do think there is some validity to it. Remember the browns HATE us and to get a franchise QB for many many years they could very well pull the trigger. Ultimately I say don't take the gamble and just give him a great contract.
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@biolarzen...The Browns not only have a ton of money but they need to spend a ton of money as stipulated by the league's salary floor. The have good defense and the only missing piece is a QB. So it's not a stretch to think that Browns will go after Flacco if we don't secure him.
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Allthough the possibility of Flacco being scooped up by someone else is over hyped by the media, just remember what the Redskins paid for RGIII last year. Even Jay Cutler fetched 2 first rounders a couple of years ago...
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[quote name='ksk316' timestamp='1361804058' post='1368044']
@biolarzen...The Browns not only have a ton of money but they need to spend a ton of money as stipulated by the league's salary floor. The have good defense and the only missing piece is a QB. So it's not a stretch to think that Browns will go after Flacco if we don't secure him.
[/quote]They need a couple of good wide outs too.
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True. But they do have Josh Gordon and Massaqoui. If only Greg little can catch. They have a good TE and they could use Josh Cribbs well (which they haven't). With the money they have, they can go after a big named WR in the free agency and also Flacco. Just saying.
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[quote name='Elmo' timestamp='1361804375' post='1368047']
Allthough the possibility of Flacco being scooped up by someone else is over hyped by the media, just remember what the Redskins paid for RGIII last year. Even Jay Cutler fetched 2 first rounders a couple of years ago...
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True - but the Browns also had the picks and cap space to offer to the Rams if they were so badly after a franchise QB - still they never really enetered the race for the #2 pick. now, Flacco is an established QB of course, while RGIII was merely an excellent prospect, so comparing the two is necessarily flawed in Flacco's favour - but so is the price. And anyway, Flacco seems to be the type of QB who'll always be "decent" to "good" in the regular season and start shining in January - and the Browns should first get there. A great QB alone won't put them in the playoffs. A good QB plus a good RB still won't get them in the playoffs. Remember, it's the AFC North, with three perennial playoff-contenders...

So I don't think the Browns would want to start the building process with Flacco. But, of course I'm not an inch closer to the future than any of us here, so I can be only as wise about it as anyone else can - but I still think it's gonna be the non-exclusive tag. But, whicever it is, I guess the FO is in the best position to make the best possible decision - so, whichever tag type they'll use, I'll assume that's the best decision.

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im watching the combine right now, and im seeing Paul Krug's brother, joe. From what I heard, Dave Kruger, another brother of Krug is in this draft right? Cauz Im not seeing him at combine. Krugers are monsters LMAO
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I didn't talk to my wife for two weeks when she watched when Hines ward was on the show, but I will be watching with her this time
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Dang - Ray looks like he already put a few pounds on!

Maybe it's just his shirt...but his face doesn't look as lean.

The life of a world class athlete turned retiree...
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The Raven Nation brought in a lot more fans this season and Jacoby Jones will bring in even more this offseason. I love this guy's personality and we need to keep him in Baltimore for a long time. Maybe Flacco and Jones will be the next Montana Rice combo
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A "long way to go" doesn't sound good, when you have exactly a week to get a deal done. That leads me to believe we'll need to make a decision on which tag to use and I think that will depend on how far away from a deal we are when Mar 4 rolls around.

If we feel there are only details to hammer out and completion of the deal is a matter of a few formalities, we'll use the exclusive tag. My understanding is Flacco's cap hit will be the same as the non-exclusive tag($14.6M) til 4/17, when it would expand to $20M. So if we feel we'll 100% have a deal completed by then, we'll want total protection from other teams coming after him.

However, if we feel there are real potential deal-breakers being demanded by Flacco that could prevent completing a deal for the foreseeable future, then they may go with the non-exclusive tag. Their thinking would be that the team simply can't handle that $20M hit and are willing to risk having a team come after him. If that happens, either one side or the other will gain further leverage (depending on what teams come after him and what they're willing to offer). If some team is willing to offer the moon - it is entirely conceivable that we'd view the contract we'd need to sign him too as more detrimental to the team than losing him.
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I could see the Browns trying to get Flacco. He is younger than Weeden, and a lot better obviously. I honestly don't see Flacco leaving us though, even if he does get offers from other teams. I think he will give us all the shots possible to sign him long term. And another thing, FA doesn't start till the 12th right? So if we put the tag him March 4th, does that mean we can still negotiate with him and other teams can't until March 12th?
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If this Flacco contract goes awry- I am curious to what our PLAN X will be for QB.
We have got to have a plan, if this does NOT pan out !
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am i the only one mad how much money does flacco want?!? He was good in the postseason but in the reg season he was bad and he needs to remember that when he goes to talk contract
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I HATE contract talks and speculation. It's going to be the same thing for months. Unless there's some actual data to provide and agreement, then who cares.
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No matter how this works out, one thing I REFUSE to say is that we blew it by not signing Flacco at the start of the season. This relates to Florio's comment that the Ravens gambled and "lost" when they didn't sign Flacco last offseason.

Correction ... the Ravens WON THE SUPERBOWL! Remember that small detail, Mike, when evaluating decisions our FO made going into the season. You cannot sit here in late Feb and revise decisions made in August and simply assume the same outcome for the season.
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I'm getting some bad vibes over Joe Linta (Flacco's agent)he's going to ruin the teams morals,I know Flacco not wanting the world but why can't he say something to stop this contract madness,he could make more money off of endorsements than playing football
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I'm sure the FO knows how sporadic Joe's play can be. Sure he won the SB and I love that he did but do you really want them to pay him to be the top QB in the league and have him play poorly next year. We could lose several key players to sign Joe at what may be his peak. Is that what you want just so the Browns dont scoop him up? Joe needs to take 16-17M so we can compete year in and year out but since he turned that down last year he is going to kill our cap. I know it doesnt sound like it but I like Flacco and want him to stay for many years. Just not at the expense of our team.
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I expect Joe to put up big numbers next season. Very similar to what we saw in the playoffs. Caldwell has really brought out the best in Flacco and it blatantly shows.
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[quote name='trickstar21' timestamp='1361812304' post='1368190']
am i the only one mad how much money does flacco want?!? He was good in the postseason but in the reg season he was bad and he needs to remember that when he goes to talk contract
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You earn your money in the postseason. He was good enough to get us to the playoffs in the regular season. Flacco deserves to get paid, all he does is win.
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I wonder how much American Ethenol paid to have its name on the green flag. I guess everything is for sale.
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