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February 5, 2013

So much on Flacco’s plate

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NORMAN —

After the game, Flacco shared a little secret with the rest of his family: He and his wife are expecting their second child. After the Ravens played San Francisco last season, he revealed their first child (a boy) was on the way.

Flacco almost assuredly has a big payday upcoming as well. His rookie contract ends after this season, and soon he and owner Steve Bisciotti will sit down to determine just how much a Super Bowl title will be worth. He could wind up with one of the biggest deals in NFL history, perhaps commanding somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million a year.

“I’m pretty optimistic, but who knows?” he said. “This is a great organization, I love being here, great city. So I don’t anticipate any problems.”

Part of Flacco’s negotiating tactics might include raises for members of his offensive line.

“Tell you what, our offensive line has played very well since I’ve been here, but the last four games have been just unbelievable,” he said. “They’re the reason that I’m standing here and we are Super Bowl champs.”

Before the Super Bowl, Bisciotti expressed confidence that Flacco would be the Ravens’ quarterback of the future.

“We’ve never lost a great, great franchise player from the beginning,” Bisciotti said. “I’m just very comfortable that it will get done.”

The last time the Ravens won a Super Bowl, they dumped quarterback Trent Dilfer and brought in Elvis Grbac. A similar situation almost assuredly won’t occur this time, in part because it would seem difficult to get someone deemed an upgrade from Flacco.

“Joe Flacco is the best quarterback in football right now,” Ravens running back Ray Rice said.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who also attended the news conference Monday, recalled his first meeting with Flacco before the Ravens drafted him out of Delaware in the first round of the 2008 draft.

“Joe impressed me as a guy that was really was determined to be good and had a lot to prove,” Harbaugh said. “I just felt like he was a guy that was going to do whatever it took to be the best he could be. And that’s proven to be true.”

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