Brady’s new contract will have no influence on Ravens-Flacco dealings.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will not be affected by Tom Brady’s new deal with the New England Patriots, his agent told USA Today Sports.
Joe Linta said: “It doesn’t matter. It’s an extension for cap purposes. And we don’t know all details at this point. The bottom line is, whether Brady took a pay cut or not, it wouldn’t have an impact on what we’re doing. We’ve determined a number that we think is fair with respect for the Ravens’ cap situation.”
Linta provided an update on negotiations, stating that things were progressing well after he met with Ravens officials last week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
He also revealed that Flacco is willing to agree a deal which would ensure there is no detrimental effect on the Raven’s salary cap.
The Ravens have several pending free agents aside from Flacco, including defensive stalwarts Ed Reed, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. Linta was adamant that his client “doesn’t want to see anybody get cut as a result of this deal”.
Flacco sealed the Super Bowl MVP award after completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns, resulting in a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. That came off the back of a hot streak through the play-offs.
The Ravens quarterback is set to become a free agent on March 12, and speculation suggests that should the two parties fail to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, the Ravens may use their franchise tag to keep him.