Joe Flacco’s agent believes the Ravens made a dumb move by failing to re-sign their star quarterback before last season. Joe Linta, who’s been by Flacco’s side since 2008, wasn’t shy when talking about the Ravens’ decision to wait on re-signing his client.
“I’ve never in my life seen a dumber move. I guess people can say, ‘Well, Joe was dumb, too.’ It could have been (dumb), God forbid, if he got hurt,” Linta told USA Today Sports. “But $1 million to (owner) Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That’s like 100 bucks for you or me today.”
His critical comments about the Baltimore Ravens have become a hot topic throughout the league over the past few days, and it’s hard for anyone to disagree after Joe Flacco led the team to their first Super Bowl win since 2000, though he could have been more respectful.
Flacco gave Ray Lewis the perfect retirement gift, and Joe Linta has now made waves by criticizing his clients’ team for holding out on their leader behind center.
If the 28-year-old star would’ve struggled last season, this topic wouldn’t be up for discussion but that has’t stopped Flacco’s agent. “Dumb move” comments or any type of criticism towards an NFL team is usually reserved for players who’ve had a bad day on the field, but Joe Linta wasn’t afraid to throw the Ravens under the bus, so to speak, when discussing his premier client.
Linta also noted that the Ravens will more than likely be forced into restructuring Flacco’s contract once it reaches a $28.55 million cap figure in 2016.
“I’m not apologetic for the fact this is really a three-year deal, there’s no way they can afford $29 million a couple of years from now,” Linta added. “I’m not apologetic. They chose to walk away.”
Flacco signed a six-year deal, $120.6 million extension in early March to bring his focus back to the gridiron as the Ravens look to defend their title in 2014.
Was Joe Flacco’s agent’s “dumb move” comment unnecessary as his client recently signed one of the biggest contracts in NFL history?
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