Top news for Joe Flacco expresses confidence contract will eventually get done
Heading into the final games of his expiring rookie contract, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco isn’t plotting his exit strategy.
Although the two sides were unable to come to an agreement in August after the Ravens put a lucrative, multi-year contract offer on the table that was rejected and talks were tabled, Flacco expressed confidence Wednesday that a deal ultimately gets hammered out.
“Yeah, I always am,” Flacco said when asked if he remains upbeat about the chances of a new deal being worked out. “This is a great organization and you’re always upbeat about that.”
Flacco indicated that he isn’t distracted by the unresolved financial situation.
At this point, Flacco is expected to be named the Ravens’ franchise player barring a breakthrough in contract negotiations after the season. Flacco said he keeps the contract situation from becoming his focus.
“I’m sure it’s back there somewhere, but it’s not something I’ve really thought about or really considered,” Flacco said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a topic of conversation during the season and that’s just the way it’s been. I kind of made that clear in my own mind at the beginning of the season.”
Flacco hasn’t had a sterling season, completing 60 percent of his throws for 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions for an 87.1 quarterback rating.
His interception at the end of the first half of a 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday was returned 98 yards for a touchdown. And he lost a fumble that led to a field goal earlier in the game.
In each of the past three games, all losses, Flacco has lost a fumble and had one interception for a total of six turnovers with two per contest.
However, Flacco said his belief in himself is unbroken.
“I’m confident,” Flacco said. “Our team is confident. These are tough situations, but it’s about how you stand up and you can’t blink. I don’t know if we’ve necessarily been in this kind of situation in the past, but we’ve dealt with things that are similar and we know how to move forward and push through.”