Ravens sign Flacco

Street Talk Ravens sign Flacco

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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens struck a deal with their quarterback of the future Wednesday night, agreeing to a five-year contract with a maximum value of $30 million with first-round draft pick Joe Flacco.

His agent, Joe Linta, confirmed the deal via a text message. It includes $8.75 million in guaranteed money.

Following two days of negotiations at the Ravens’ training complex, Flacco’s agent and Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty reached an accord on the amount of guaranteed money, escalator clauses’ value and base salaries.

Drafted 18th overall out of Delaware, Flacco is slated to compete for the starting job with Troy Smith and Kyle Boller. By getting his deal done on time, it boosts Flacco’s chances in the three-man quarterback derby.

Flacco is the fourth first-round pick to agree to terms, following Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden.

Flacco’s deal exceeds Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn, the 22nd overall pick last year. Quinn received a five-year, $20.2 million contract that included $7.75 million in guaranteed money.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound New Jersey native impressed the coaching staff and team officials during minicamps with his powerful arm strength and poise. He was surprisingly mobile when leaving the pocket.

"I want to get in and play as soon as possible," Flacco said recently. "I know it’s a tough thing to do at any position, and especially quarterback. I feel I’m capable of doing that.

"The big thing is the mental part. You have to be ready and I think I’m ready. If anyone could come in and start right away, I think I’m that guy."

Flacco transferred from the University of Pittsburgh, enrolling at Delaware and starting for two seasons. He completed 63.4 percent of his throws for 7,046 yards, 41 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Now, the Ravens have eight remaining draft picks to secure to contracts prior to Tuesday’s opening practice at McDaniel College. Rookies, quarterbacks and injured veterans are scheduled to report Monday.

The Ravens previously agreed to terms with third-round offensive tackle Oniel Cousins on a three-year deal worth $1.593 million that included a $443,500 signing bonus.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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