Joe Flacco becomes highest paid player in NFL history

Newly crowned Super Bowl XLVII Champions, the Baltimore Ravens have made quarterback Joe Flacco the highest paid player in National Football League history.

Flacco and the Ravens agreed to a six-year, $120.6 million deal last night. An actual contract has yet to be signed by either parties, but they are expected to put ink to paper sometime Monday.

It’s nice to see a team break out the checkbook for one of their own players, not that I’m sure he will end up being the player they will be pay for. Since Flacco will be making more money than anyone has ever made playing American football, does this mean he’s the greatest player ever?

Nope.

Flacco entered the league in 2008 when he was drafted 18th overall by the Ravens. He started the first game of the 2008 season and has been the Ravens starting quarterback ever since. He’s never missed a game, he’s never missed a start. That said, he has a career quarterback rating of 86.3. He’s never lead the league in passing yards, touchdowns, or any of the other measurable skills belonging to that of a quarterback. In fact, he’s barely cracked the top-ten in any of the regular quarterback statistical evaluations, ever.

Once the contract is signed, Flacco will finally lead the league in something, the highest ever paid.

This is the same quarterback who was booed by the home fans only a few months ago after throwing a costly pick-six in a game against the Denver Broncos. The Ravens lost that game 34-17. Now less than three months later, he will be the highest paid player in NFL history.

I don’t get it.

If I was a Ravens fan, I’d be disappointed with this news. The NFL is a salary-cap league. The more money the Ravens pay Flacco, the less they have to spend on other players.

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