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Ravens Owner Tried To Cut A Last-Ditch Deal With QB Joe Flacco Before The 2012 Season
Je Flacco's agent Joe Linta told USA Today's Jim Corbett that in the interest of avoiding a $1 million charge in the final year of a contract offered before the 2012 season started, the Ravens walked away from securing Flacco's services for less than they eventually did.
"I've never in my life seen a dumber move," Linta said. "I guess people can say, 'Well, Joe was dumb, too.' It could have been [dumb], God forbid, if he got hurt. But $1 million to [team owner] Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That's like 100 bucks for you or me today.''
Linta later tried a little damage control, but the appearance was not good, especially when Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were re-doing their contracts to improve the salary cap situations for their teams.
And as WNST radio man Nestor Aparicio wrote in his recent book, "Purple Reign 2: Faith, Family & Football – A Baltimore Love Story," it was Bisciotti who tried one last-ditch shot at a new contract for Flacco after Flacco and Linta turned down the original deal, which would have given Flacco an annual $1 million bonus if the Ravens won a Super Bowl during the contract, and a $2 million annual bonus if the Ravens won two Super Bowls. Bisciotti said that he had not talked to Flacco at all about his contract, but now, the stakes were higher, and he decided to intervene with a head-to-head in his office at the team's Owings Mills, Md. facility.
There are two things here that I don’t understand,” Bisciotti said to Flacco. “I don’t understand why you’re walking away from this deal? As maligned as you are in the press and as little faith as so many pundits have in you, we’re offering you a $90 million deal and you can go wave that in their face and say, ‘F**k you guys! See, the Ravens DO believe in me!’”
Flacco was nonplussed. “I really don’t care about my critics,” he bluntly told the Ravens owner.
Bisciotti was exasperated. “I don’t understand it. Joe, don’t you think you’d play better with a clear head and having this contract behind you?” he continued. “You won’t have to answer questions from anybody, and you can just focus on playing and winning the Super Bowl.”
Flacco said it again. “Steve, I appreciate the offer, but I really don’t care about the media, critics, any of it. I’ve gotta trust my agent, and he doesn’t want any incentives in contracts. And I’ve gotta leave it to him.”
Source: Yahoo! Sports
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