Flacco commits long-term future to the Ravens.
Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed a six-year contract worth $120.6 million that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history, according to the NFL Network.
The Super Bowl winning quarterback is expected to finalise the smaller details over the weekend, before putting pen to paper on Monday in Baltimore.
“Finalizing a deal with Flacco before Monday’s 4 p.m. franchise deadline would mean the Ravens wouldn’t endure a salary cap hit of about $19.5 million under an exclusive tag or risk losing their quarterback with a non-exclusive tag,” wrote BaltimoreRavens.com staff writer Ryan Mink.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees previously held the title as the highest-paid player in the NFL with a five-year contract worth $100 million, which he signed last year.
However, it appears Flacco, 28, will now hold that distinction after agent Joe Linta finally agreed the major pointss of the contract in order to extend his stay with the Ravens.
The quarterback sealed an impressive post-season in New Orleans after completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns. He went on to seal Super Bowl MVP honours after leading the Ravens to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Prior to that in the four-game run-up to the title, he had a record-equalling 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions, going 73 of 126 for 1,140 yards.
His achievements were made all the more impressive considering the calibre of quarterback the Ravens faced at the other end of the field, including the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and No.1 overall draft-pick Andrew Luck on the road to New Orleans.
Having been made the highest paid player in NFL history, the pressure will now be on Flacco to deliver again in the new season.