Keeping Flacco is a formality -- and an absolutely necessity -- but the question is how? Flacco could score a larger contract than New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who at $100 million over five years is the NFL's highest-paid player. The Ravens and Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, have exchanged figures, but the closer we get to Monday's deadline to use the franchise tag, the more likely the tag will come into play, perhaps as soon as today. Either way, though, the Super Bowl XLVII MVP will be with the Ravens in 2013.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun