"It's a premier position," Corry said. "I think the Kruger market is going to get very expensive, probably more than the Ravens will want or are able to pay. I could see him getting $40 million or so. He's a natural fit for the Colts with the Chuck Pagano connection to Baltimore and them having so much cap room. The Browns are switching to the 3-4 and have over $40 million in cap room, so that's another team he could fit in with."
One byproduct of getting the Flacco deal done is that he'll be around for the Ravens' offseason program and minicamps, unlike last year when Rice was absent while his deal was getting worked on.
"Joe sat back and let it handle itself, and it all worked out in the end," Rice said Sunday during an appearance to benefit his foundation at Jimmy's Seafood in Baltimore. "I'm glad Joe's done so he can be there in the offseason. Me and him will be there to lead this offense again. Now that Joe is done, I hope we keep all of our guys, but it's tough to keep everybody."
- NFL's highest-paid QBs [Pictures]
- Ravens can turn focus to others
- With details finalized, Flacco expected to sign Monday around 2
- Ravens 18, Detroit Lions 16 [Pictures]
- Mike Preston grades the Ravens' 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions
- 2013 Ravens cheerleaders [Pictures]
See more photos »
M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
The Ravens reached an agreement with Flacco following a historic postseason where he delivered 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
What's going to be the net effect of Flacco getting paid? Rice predicted he'll be picking up the tab at a lot of dinners next season.
"Every week, we're going out to eat," Rice said. "Seriously, I couldn't be more proud of the guy. He's been through a lot of scrutiny. The other quarterbacks can say what they want, but it's a right-now league. Check the playoff stats out — Joe Flacco is the MVP."
Running back Bernard Pierce said he can't see Flacco changing his blue-collar approach after his big payday.
"Joe earned it, of course, and money won't change people," Pierce said. "I'm certain he'll be the same. It's just nice to see somebody on our team get paid, and that they take care of their own."