Ravens have no intention of parting company with Super Bowl winner.
Speaking on Pro Football Talk, Baltimore Ravens assistant manager Eric DeCosta has insisted that the organization has no intention of parting ways with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco.
The Ravens are reportedly set to meet with Flacco’s agent over the weekend with an eye on extending his stay in Baltimore.
“We have no intentions of letting Joe Flacco leave Baltimore,” DeCosta said on Pro Football Talk.
Flacco played a vital role in the play-off run last season, and in the success over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, contributing to three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The 2008 first-round draft pick has since seen his stock rise as a result, and will likely be in a strong position to demand much better terms than he is enjoying in his current deal.
Following the retirement of Ray Lewis and impending departure of others on their current roster, the Ravens are adamant on keeping Flacco, with DeCosta promising talks over the coming days.
“I know that his agent, Joe Linta, and our cap guy, Pat Moriarity, will have some discussions in the next few days, over the next week, and hopefully we can get some things ironed out and at that point we can kind of move forward with what our plans are going to be if we can’t get a deal done.”
There is still a risk that Flacco may be traded before the new season, with demand inevitably high, if the two parties are unable to come to an agreement.
Should they fail to thrash out a long-term contract before the market opens, the Ravens could give Flacco the non-exclusive franchise tag, meaning other teams can sign him to a contract but will owe the Ravens heavy compensation in the form of draft picks.
Or the Ravens could give Flacco the exclusive franchise tag, to either keep him for next year, trade him or extend contract negotiations.
However, seemingly keen on being able to plan for the future with or without their star quarterback, the Ravens should have some answers after the next set of discussions.