Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco understands that there are two questions everybody will want him to answer this offseason:
“How is the knee?” and “What’s going on with your contract?”
Flacco answered both Thursday morning during an in-studio visit with WBAL Radio to promote next weekend’s Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. The event benefits Special Olympics Maryland, an organization that Flacco has worked with since his rookie season in 2008.
“It’s going well. It’s just working out. You work out all offseason anyway,” Flacco told WBAL. “Basically, you’re doing the same thing. You’re just doing it here in Baltimore. I wish more guys hung out in the city, so I could have something to do when I got done. It’s been going really well. I couldn’t ask for anything more right now.”
Flacco, who turned 31 on Jan. 16, tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during a Nov. 22 victory over the St. Louis Rams. He had surgery on Dec. 8, and has been rehabbing the knee at the Ravens’ facility with designs on being ready for training camp in July.
“I honestly have no idea what the timetable is for this type of thing,” Flacco said. “I know I’m doing very well right now and I feel very good. I’m just taking it day by day. I don’t want to overdo anything and try to do anything too early, so I force myself into some kind of setback. But I’m coming along great. I don’t think there’s any way I’m not going to be out there ready to go right away. That’s just me. I have no timetable. I’m really just taking it day by day and getting better and better each week.”
Flacco’s salary cap hit is $28.55 million for the 2016 season. While Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said earlier this month that the front office’s goal is to build a roster around the quarterback’s current deal, such a decision could significantly impact the team’s ability to upgrade the roster this offseason.
Flacco understands that and reiterated that he’d been open to some kind of restructuring of his current deal.
“I want to win so I want to do everything we can to get something done,” Flacco said. “I don’t know exactly what that is or exactly what’s that going to be because we haven’t talked about it yet. I know that’s a huge number, so it’s not really realistic. I’m open to doing something. I want to be here for a while. I want to play football here. That’s what it’s all about.”
Flacco has long been a supporter of the Special Olympics. He recalled his first Polar Bear plunge into the Chesapeake Bay and acknowledged that he was ill-prepared for it.
“I had no idea what I was doing,” he said. “I brought maybe a towel and walked down there in my bare feet. I remember I was not very prepared. I remember driving home … and my feet were frozen definitely the whole entire time and my body was pretty frozen most of the ride home because I definitely didn’t come prepared.”
This year’s plunge will take place on Jan. 30.
“Any chance you ever get to spend time with these kids, it will change your life in a very positive way – just their outlook on everything, the excitement that they bring to every aspect of their life,” Flacco said of his association with the Special Olympics. “All that stuff is incredible.”