The Ravens' players had a day off from training camp Sunday, but the team’s front office continued to work hard to try to fulfill one of its offseason priorities.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty met with Joe Linta, the agent for quarterback Joe Flacco, at the Under Armour Performance Center. It’s believed to be the third in-person meeting between the two sides since the NFL scouting combine in February.
This one, however, may be more significant because it not only took play at Ravens’ headquarters, but it comes after contract extension talks for the fifth-year quarterback have heated up after the team finalized a long-term extension with Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice less than two weeks ago.
Linta didn’t characterize the nature of the talks, but he said in a text message to The Sun that he had a “nice visit with Pat and Ozzie. We’ll keep working.”
Flacco is due to make $6.75 million during the 2012-13 campaign, his final year under his rookie contract. The Ravens have said all along that they want him to get a new deal before the start of the season and they opened up a little more than $3 million in salary cap space after agreeing to an extension with Rice.
Linta has been consistent in saying that he won’t put a deadline on the talks, and Flacco, who has made the playoffs in each of his first four years in the NFL, has said that the negotiations won’t serve as a distraction as he gets ready for the season. He also has said on several occasions, including last week, that he expects to be a Raven for a long time.
“I really don’t have any thought about it,” Flacco said Thursday. “That’s up to my agent. If he happens to call me one day in October, it’s not like I’m thinking about it. It’s not going to distract me. Like I said, I haven’t really thought about it at all, and I’m not thinking about it now. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
At this point, it appears more of a matter of when it will happen, rather than if.