Joe Flacco, Ravens agree to three-year extension

The Baltimore Ravens have reached an agreement on a new deal with quarterback Joe Flacco, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.

Ravens and QB Joe Flacco are in agreement on new deal.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) March 2, 2016

Don't know the terms, but it is a three-year extension for Flacco, as @caplannfl first reported. Flacco is now signed thru 2021.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) March 2, 2016

Financial terms of the deal have not been released yet, but the Ravens now don’t have to worry about the tremendous cap hits Flacco’s salary would bring the next two years. The hits would have been $28.55 million and $31.15 million, respectively, so this deal gives Baltimore some more flexibility in free agency. Flacco, 31, signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract with Baltimore in 2013 after leading the Ravens to a victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, and this new deal will keep him in a Ravens uniform through his age 36 season.

And Flacco more than deserves a new contract. Though not a Pro Bowl quarterback, he has led Baltimore to three AFC Championship Games and has made the Super Bowl in six of his eight NFL seasons. Last season, despite the Ravens being decimated by injuries, Flacco completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,791 yards and 14 touchdowns before tearing his ACL in Week 11 against the St. Louis Rams.

Long story short, no matter how you spin it, Flacco is the heart and soul of the Ravens’ offense and if extending his contract was the best way to alleviate cap hits and keep him in a Baltimore uniform, then so be it.

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