By Jeff Zrebiec
11:54 AM EDT, March 16, 2012
Joe Linta, the agent for Joe Flacco, met with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty for several hours yesterday at an undisclosed location to continue negotiations about a contract extension for the quarterback.
It was the second meeting between the two sides, with the first one coming late last month at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
"It was a good meeting. Pat Moriarty is a pro, and we’re going to plow through the process and hopefully come to a good conclusion," Linta said.
The first meeting was more a "feeling out" session to make sure both sides were committed to the negotiations. Linta didn't offer any specifics about yesterday's meeting but did say things are "moving in the right direction."
"It’s very clear that they want him there for a long time and he wants him to be there for a long time," Linta said. "There’s just a lot of stuff to consider as you move forward."
Flacco, 27, has one year remaining on his rookie contract. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and other team officials have said on several occasions that signing him to an extension and making sure he enters the 2012 season with a long-term commitment from the organization is one of their priorities this offseason.
Linta said he and Moriarty "plan to continue to do this until we can figure something out. We’re going to keep meeting and talking until something happens one way or the other."
Linta, who also represents Matt Birk, said he remains in discussions with the Ravens about the veteran center, who has made it clear that he wants to return to Baltimore.
"He’s a free agent now, and we've fielded other calls," Linta said. "Matt is not in any huge rush right now. He wants to try and come back to Baltimore if we can work it out. He loves the team and he loves the town. The three years that he came here, he came from another town and he didn’t know what to expect, but he’s really enjoyed it, as has his family.
"I think his plan is to go year by year, but he really felt great at the end of the season and knows he has more gas in the tank. When he made the decision to come back, it was the idea that 'I’m starting, I’m playing at a high level.' He knows that they’re right there for the Super Bowl. All these factors come into it, but he’d really like to stay there."
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