By Jeff Zrebiec
10:58 PM EDT, July 21, 2012
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will report to training camp Monday, and he said that it doesn’t matter one bit whether his contract situations is resolved quickly or not.
“If it happens, it happens,” Flacco said tonight. “I see myself being here for many years no matter what happens."
After securing running back Ray Rice to a long-term deal Monday, the Ravens accelerated contract talks with Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, this week. At this point, no deal is imminent but both sides are optimistic that one can be reached before the season, which represents Flacco’s final year of his rookie contract.
Flacco, 27, has made it clear to Linta that he doesn’t need to hear the daily updates about the status of the negotiations with the Ravens, but he acknowledged both sides continue to talk.
"There have been talks. My agent has definitely been talking and they've gone back and forth a little bit,” said Flacco, who was appearing at a benefit for the Special Olympics of Maryland at Al Packer’s Ford in White Marsh. “I can't really comment on how close it is. I don't really know. I'm not talking to Joe every day. Joe updates me every now and then. If he comes to me and something is really crazy about an update, then OK. But it's not like I'm talking to him every day and I could actually tell you how close it is. We have talked and that's really about it."
Linta has been consistent in saying he won’t put a deadline on the talks, and Flacco promised that he won’t be distracted at all by the negotiations if they persist through training camp.
“I'm not worried about it,” Flacco said. “Like I said, I told Joe don't even call me. I'm not worried about it. Unless you have some kind of crazy news, then don't concern me with it. I'm going to go out there, I'm going to play, I'm going to practice. There really is no time table.
“I'm getting ready for training camp. I'm getting ready to have a great year and hopefully lead our team to the Super Bowl. That's all I'm worried about. The other stuff is going to work itself out. That's really not up to me. My job is to go out there and play and do my best on the field."
Flacco did say that he was pleased that the team made a long-term commitment to Rice, who the Ravens got in the same 2008 draft in which they selected the quarterback in the first round.
“I was happy for him. I sent him a text right away, congratulating him,” Flacco said. “I was happy for him. He deserves it. He played his [butt] off the last couple of years. It's just good to see that he has the security and that he can feel comfortable and come out here."
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