Now that the Ravens and Joe Flacco have hammered out an agreement in principle on a $120.6 million contract, there's more pending business to conclude between the Super Bowl champions and their quarterback.
What's next for Flacco and his agent, Joe Linta, is going over the specific details of the deal points, line by line, on Sunday. That's likely to happen in the the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player's hometown in Audubon, N.J.
If everything is deemed satisfactory, Flacco would then travel to team headquarters Monday morning in Owings Mills where Flacco would take a physical and lend his signature to the six-year pact. If everything goes smoothly, the expectation is that a press conference would be conducted in Owings Mills as soon as Monday afternoon.
When reached at the San Antonio airport Friday night where he was traveling to attend Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ryan Whalen's wedding, agent Joe Linta told The Baltimore Sun: "We did have a conversation. The Ravens seem to have agreed to the terms we put forth. However, we haven't seen it. Until we do, the deal isn't complete."
The Ravens narrowly avoided having to make Flacco their franchise player by a Monday deadline by reaching this agreement. Linta had been communicating throughout Friday with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, but a deal was regarded as far from a lock.
Prior to traveling from Philadelphia to Texas, Linta made a proposal that was met by the Ravens asking him if they signed off on his terms would they have a deal. The Ravens ultimately agreed to the terms while Linta was on an airplane, learning of the tentative agreement when he landed.
Flacco found out about the agreement in principle while watching television and was flooded with congratulatory text messages from teammates, including one of his closest friends, tight end Dennis Pitta.
The Ravens are now on the verge of officially securing the services of their Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the next several years, and he's about to become the highest paid player in the history of the game.
The Flacco contract trumps New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' $100 million contract and $20 million average, and it exceeds Brees' total compensation of $61 million in the first three years, according to a league source with knowledge of the deal.
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