|Joe Flacco (MCT)|
OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (AP) ― Joe Flacco knows his stature as the highest-paid player in NFL history may not last for long, and he’s OK with it.
What matters most to the Super Bowl MVP is that the Baltimore Ravens were willing to pay him that kind of money in the first place.
Flacco signed his new contract Monday worth $120.6 million over six years. He will receive a $29 million signing bonus, $52 million in guaranteed money and $51 million over the first two years of the deal.
The former first-round draft pick out of Delaware is the first starting quarterback in NFL history to make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. He’s led the Ravens to nine wins over that span, tying Tom Brady for most among quarterbacks in the first five years of a career.
Flacco threw 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions during the recent postseason and led Baltimore to a 34-31 Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
And it all made the Ravens willing to pay him more money than Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or any other of the great quarterbacks in the game today.