By Jamari Jordan
Never before has the contract of a Superbowl MVP been in such question as it is today. Following Tom Brady’s epic decision to restructure his deal to leave cap room for the Patriots, many wondered if Flacco would take the 3-time Superbowl champion’s lead. The main question remained- would Flacco break the bank? Well, Joe Cool did just that.
Joe Flacco signed a 6 year/ $120.6 million contract which makes Flacco the highest paid QB in NFL history. Nobody could debate that Flacco is a great QB in the NFL. Flacco dominated the Ravens playoff run this year with 11TDs 0Ints and was rewarded with the Superbowl XLVII MVP. But did Flacco deserve to be labeled the highest paid QB ever? The evidence points to a definite no.
This regular season alone Flacco threw under 4,000 yards, with 11 INTs, and completed a mediocre 59.7% of his passes. Flacco, 28, has never been selected to a Pro Bowl and only had one season with a quarterback rating over 90.0. In terms of the proven effective stat of Total QBR developed by ESPN, Flacco registered the two lowest ratings. That’s ratings lower than Brandon Weeden, Blaine Gabbert, Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, and Mr. Buttfumble Mark Sanchez.
However, the Ravens were left with no choice. The organization’s inability to sign Flacco to a deal last year would inevitably drive up the price. I guess four games equals the biggest contract ever in NFL history. Flacco isn’t quite in the elite case despite the hardware that’s gleaming on his finger now. (The elites: the Mannings, Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, and in my opinion the greatest QB in the NFL Aaron Rodgers). But maybe, now that Joe Cool has his money maybe he will become elite. Maybe the best QB in the NFL. Or maybe, he would have a typical average season and depend on Ray Rice and Terell Suggs to carry the rest of the weight.