NEW ORLEANS -- Whether
Flacco answered any remaining questions about his game by delivering 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the playoffs, tying him for most touchdowns in an
So, Flacco will either get a $14.6 million franchise tag, an exclusive franchise tag worth as much as $20 million or a salary-cap friendly contract that would make both the towering New Jersey native and the Super Bowl champion Ravens organization very happy.
The deal could approach $100 million,
Flacco displayed his sense of humor after the game in a television interview when asked about the unresolved contract talks, which owner
"Steve Bisciotti told me that if this happens I can go pound on his desk and really stick it to him," Flacco said. "And I said that's exactly what I'm gonna do,"
The Ravens aren't in talks currently with Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, since hitting an impasse in August when Flacco turned down the Ravens' rich offer. He'll relaunch talks soon with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty.
The Ravens aren't anywhere close on money with Flacco in terms of guaranteed money and total value, but obviously that can change.
Linta attended the festivities in New Orleans, but not to talk contract. There's plenty of time for that to happen going forward.
By signing Flacco, which is the top priority of the franchise this offseason, it would allow the Ravens a chance to potentially retain defensive free agents like
As for Flacco on the field, teammates are so impressed with him.
And they love his stoic, dead-pan style.
"I'm happy for him," center
Flacco delivered three touchdown passes with no interceptions to topple the
"Joe's always been a great quarterback," offensive tackle
From Flacco's standpoint, the whole respect thing is irrelevant.
"I've never cared," he said. "I don't ever want to feel like I'm in a position to defend myself. It's just not right. I don't have to do that. We'll have this thing thing forever. Everybody on that team will be connected to each other forever and that's something pretty special."