OWINGS MILLS, Md. —
Flacco is the quarterback the Ravens have longed to have for years, and they weren’t about to let him get away.
“We just returned from the (scouting) combine, and I remember the days of going there and studying and hoping that one of the quarterbacks could be our guy. ... We’ve been out in that desert before,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “That all changed when we drafted Joe in 2008, and now we’ve secured him for many more years. He’s a significant reason we’ve been to the playoffs five years in a row, played in three AFC championship games, and now, we are Super Bowl champs with Joe as MVP.”
Flacco’s performance this past offseason almost certainly helped him receive his record-breaking contract. But the quarterback thought he was good enough to receive all that money before he threw three touchdown passes against the 49ers.
“Listen, winning the Super Bowl, winning the Super Bowl MVP doesn’t make me as valuable as I am,” he said. “I think I bring to the table what I bring to the table. I think I’m an asset to this team, and I’m worth what I’m worth. The fact that we won the Super Bowl just comes with that. If we didn’t win the Super Bowl this year, I still think I’m worth the same, and I still think I’m the same person to this organization. It may not be seen that way, but that’s the bottom line. I still think I give the team the best chance to win moving forward.”
By signing Monday, Flacco avoided receiving the franchise tag, which would have hindered the Ravens’ salary cap in 2013.
“I know we have a lot of good players on the team, and I love to play with those guys, so hopefully it works out very good for the organization and we can keep as many people as we need,” he said.