Tom Brady’s new contract will not have an effect on the Ravens contract negotiations with Joe Flacco, Richard Klemko of USA Today reports.
“There’s no impact whatsoever on what we’re doing,” Joe Linta, Flacco’s agent, said. “It doesn’t matter. It’s an extension for cap purposes. And we don’t know all the details at this point.
“The bottom line is, whether Brady took a pay cut or took $27 million a year, it wouldn’t have an impact on what we’re doing. We’ve determined a number that we think is fair with respect for the Ravens’ cap situation.”
Linta met with Baltimore’s brass during the scouting combine in Indianapolis with hopes of striking a new deal for his client on the heels of Flacco’s Super Bowl MVP performance vs. the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month. The Ravens have until March 4 to use either the exclusive or non-exclusive versions of the franchise tag on the quarterback.
Linta says negotiations are “going fine” with no new meeting on the schedule. For now.
“Nobody yelled,” he says of the combine talks. “We’re moving forward. This thing could be done in three minutes or three years.”
The Ravens have several pending free agents beyond Flacco, including defensive lynchpins Ed Reed, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. Linta says Flacco, 28, doesn’t wish to weaken the roster with a new contract.
“Joe’s not that kind of guy,” Linta says. “Joe absolutely wants to work with the Ravens to ensure that they’re not impacted cap-wise. Joe doesn’t want to see anybody get cut as a result of this deal.”