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John Harbaugh 'very happy' for Joe Flacco, calls six-year contract 'very fitting'

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His quarterback is about to be under contract for the next six years, emerging as the highest-paid player in the game.

Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player who helped engineer a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions is set to sign a $120.6 million contract today, a welcome development for Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

And Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun that his excitement about the deal, which is scheduled to be signed this afternoon, is something for everyone to be pleased about.

"Just very happy for Joe, his family and also for Ravens fans," Harbaugh said. "He has always been our QB. So, to me, this is very fitting."

It was Harbaugh who proclaimed, 'Pay the man," after Flacco opened the regular season with a strong game in a Monday night win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now, the Ravens are doing just that.

Flacco's contract includes a $29 million signing bonus, $30 million paid in the first year, $51 million in the first two years, $62 million in the first three years and a total of $52 million in guaranteed money.

The money aside, the Ravens have locked up their franchise quarterback for the next six years one year after striking a five-year, $40 million contract with Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice.

As Rice told The Sun on Sunday: "I'm glad he's done so he can be there in the offseason. Me and him will be there to lead this offense again."

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