Quarterback Joe Flacco's agent said Tuesday that the new deal Tom Brady signed with the Patriots won't affect the Baltimore quarterback's situation as he tries to negotiate a new contract with the Ravens.
USA TODAY said -- and ESPN later reported -- that Joe Linta, Flacco's agent said the Brady deal "doesn't matter. It's an extension for cap purposes. And don't know all the details at this point. The bottom line is, whether Brady took a pay cut or took $27 million a year, it wouldn't have an impact on what we're doing. We've determined a number that we think is fair with respect for the Ravens' cap situation."
ESPN.com added that a league source told them that Brady got a $30 million signing bonus and will have a five-year deal "with $57 million guaranteed for injury. Meanwhile, his 2013 cap charge was heavily reduced for the Patriots, from $21.8 million before the extension to $13.8 million after the deal."
The question now, when it comes to Flacco, is if the final deal can get done or if the Ravens have to use a franchise tag on the quarterback.
ESPN.com said that Flacco would become an unrestricted free agent on March 12, and most think that the Ravens would use their franchise tag to keep him if they still can't get the long-term deal done.
The Ravens and Flacco's team apparently came very close before the 2012 season but couldn't get it finished. Both sides have talked about wanting to get this done and began talking again last week.
Linta told USA TODAY that the talks are doing well, and Flacco doesn't want to hurt the team's salary cap situation.
"Joe absolutely wants to work with the Ravens to ensure that they're not impacted cap-wise. Joe doesn't want to see anybody get cut as a result of this deal," Linta said in the article.