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'He's a top-five elite quarterback,' Joe Flacco's agent says

Having already outdueled

Peyton Manning

and

Andrew Luck

this postseason,

Ravens

quarterback

Joe Flacco

now takes aim at

New England Patriots

quarterback

Tom Brady

in a rematch of last year's

AFC

championship game.

And with his rookie contract set to expire after this season and negotiations tabled until the offseason after hitting an impasse in August, Flacco could be getting more expensive thanks to his performances in two playoff games.

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The 6-foot-6, 245-pound former first-round draft pick from Delaware has completed 30 of 57 passes for 613 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 120.0 passer rating in victories over the

Denver Broncos

and

Indianapolis Colts

.

"I've been the one putting him on a pedestal saying Joe's a top-five, elite quarterback, and he's proving it," agent Joe Linta told The Baltimore Sun today. "He's in the rarified air of having already won seven playoff games in his short career. He's really demonstrating that he's one of the top guys out there."

The latest blockbuster quarterback deal was

New Orleans Saints

quarterback

Drew Brees

' five-year, $100 million deal that included a $37 million signing bonus, $60.5 million in total guaranteed money for an annual average compensation of $20 million per year.

It remains unclear how rich a potential Flacco deal will wind up at, but it would greatly help the Ravens' salary-cap situation to avoid having to use the franchise tag on him to retain him for next season.

Linta said Flacco isn't concerned about his unresolved contract status, maintaining a laser focus on his business on the field, which resumes Sunday night at

Gillette Stadium

.

"Joe's not worried about the contact right now," Linta said. "The focus is on the next two games, to get the team to where he's always wanted to take it. That's far more important to Joe than a money situation."

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