1. The Ravens don't have a lot of cap room. It'll probably be a lot more manageable next off-season.
2. They just started negotiations like a month ago.
I would be very interested to see what Flacco would get on the open market. I think it may take a real answer to that question to get a deal done with him... so about a year from now.
6/100? Didn't Manning just get 5/96?
Those numbers are far too close, IMO. If 5/96 is market value for a Peyton Manning, I think market value for a Joe Flacco is something closer to 5/75 or 6/90... and that might be a bit high.
As far as the Cap... it's all Greek to me. They will try to juggle both contracts and probably only get one signed this year and IMO it will be Rice. They have an actual ceiling for him right now with the Foster signing, I think Rice plays hardball until mid summer and then they get a deal done, unless of course he wants to play elsewhere. IMO, Flacco trumps Rice so far as priorities go and they will be more concerned with getting Joe under contract in the end then Rice. It's much harder to find and successfully groom a QB into a franchise player then it is a RB.
IMO, they will get a deal done with Flacco in June or July.
Both sides are motivated to get it done and there's too many reasons - on both sides - to not get it done.
IMO, Flacco is not type of guy you want to go into the season with without a contract.
Peyton essentially got 1/20... he has to pass physicals to get more then that.
IMO, Peyton is not a comparable with flacco, IMO. He is a special case.
Sanchez is the most obvious comparable, with his recent 3/$43.5 nSo I'd say that comfortably places flacco above $14.5m per year, so I'd say 6/90 is the absolutel low end of his market, perhaps 5/75 but I doubt he'd want 5 years unless it were more like $80+m.
Eli got 5/90m not forever ago, so I'd say that $18m would be his top boundary.
I see Flacco getting around 15 mil a year.