Bisciotti completed the purchase of the franchise from
A fully story will be up on the site later, but below are his comments on a few topics:
On the perception that he’s uncomfortable in limelight: “If you are just a run-it-by-me guy, then I think that I am uncomfortable because it does
On the possibility of
It's been done many times in the NFL. I believe there's two owners or maybe three that moved their franchises and did get into the Hall of Fame. ... I know he broke some hearts in Cleveland, but nobody knows all the details or knows the story. The animosity that Baltimore shows to the Irsays is something that I lived through and can understand. So I'm not asking Cleveland to understand. I'm not even asking Cleveland to forgive. I just know that Cleveland's rabid fans should not be the reason that they keep him out. Because it seems like a spite thing and not a legitimate 'let's look at the resume thing' and that's really what I hope changes this year."
On Joe Flacco's expiring contract: "I think the holdup is money. I was made aware that he and his agent were real close with Ozzie [Newsome], and think that Ozzie has always come through and gotten the job done. We've never lost a great, great franchise player from the beginning. I'm just very comfortable that it will get done. The fact that we're offering more per year than the franchise tag, to me it can't be too far away if where we stopped last year, the annual average was higher than the franchise tag. It never got contentious, so I can't say cooler heads will prevail. It will just take time and we have the franchise tag available, so it's not going to be a March drop or dead (deadline). It's going to be a July drop or dead. I trust Ozzie that he and Joe are going to come to an agreement that Joe's happy with and I'm happy with. It would be unfair for me to throw the old 'how much money you get means how much less we can build a team around you.' That's kind of a crock. Because I think the difference between his numbers and Ozzie's numbers are enough for a backup safety. I'll let Bruce Laird come back and do it. He's crazy enough to do it."
On whether he was responsible for Cam Cameron's firing: "[I] categorically deny it. That's what is so ridiculous. You can't pat me on the back and say that I hire good people and let them do their jobs. And then one guy decides to say I pushed or forced John [Harbaugh] to do it. I don't push or force John to do anything. John called me. I didn't call John. He said he already spoke to Ozzie and was pretty sure he was going to make this decision and we spent a half hour on the phone."