Quarterback performances after the big contract
It's official. Joe Flacco is now the NFL's highest-paid player. So what kind of return of investment can the Ravens expect in the first year of his six-year, $120.6 million deal? Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun looks at how some of the NFL's other highest-paid quarterbacks performed the season after signing a big deal.
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Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Two weeks before the start of the 2009 season, Rivers (above) was rewarded with a six-year, $92 million extension. He threw for 4,254 yards and 28 touchdowns as the Chargers made the playoffs (though they haven't since).