How Much Is Joe Flacco Worth
As we all know, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco will be a free agent this year. We also know that he isn't going anywhere. The NFL system is designed to keep franchise quarterbacks with their team as long as the team wants them and is willing to pay. If they can't work out a long term deal before he hits the open market, and I will be surprised if they can, the Ravens will undoubtedly slap the franchise tag on him. The question is, what's he worth? How much would you pay for Joe Flacco?
Joe Flacco had a tremendous post-season. 11 TDs - 0 INTs, 117.2 rating, only 6 sacks in 4 games. But statistically, he's never been among the elite quarterbacks during his 5-year career. A career rating of 86.3, he's only had 1 season above 90 (93.6 in '10). H's never thrown for more than 25 TDs, only throwing 22 this year. He doesn't throw a lot of INTs, 10 to 12 every year. He moves pretty well, but does take quite a few sacks. Are the lack of eye-popping numbers a sign that he's just an average QB or is it because he plays in a system that doesn't require the QB to carry the team? Was his post-season a sign that's he turned the corner, or just an anomaly?
Rumor has it, Flacco wants to be paid like the big boys, $20+ million a year for 5-7 years. Can the Ravens make that kind of investment in a guy that has never put together a full Pro Bowl caliber season? Can they risk a hold out if they franchise him, after seeing how slowly Drew Brees started this year? How much would you pay Joe Flacco?