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Ravens, Joe Flacco's agent to meet Saturday

Two sides to begin discussing framework of contract extension for quarterback

By Jeff Zrebiec

2:46 PM EST, February 23, 2012

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Joe Linta, the agent for Joe Flacco, will meet Saturday with Ravens Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty and team president Dick Cass to begin discussing the framework of a contract extension for the quarterback.

Flacco is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract and top Ravens’ officials, including owner Steve Bisciotti, have said that it’s an offseason priority to extend the quarterback before the start of the season.

Linta is taking a realistic approach to the meeting, telling The Sun last week that he plans on discussing the framework for a deal but he doesn’t expect to exchange salary figures with Moriarty, who is the salary cap specialist in the Ravens’ front office.

“We’re not going to have a press conference next Saturday to announce his extension,” Linta said. “In order to do Joe Flacco’s contract extension, we have to start somewhere. And that’s sitting down and chatting, and that’s what we’re doing.”

The Ravens are also expected to meet this week with Todd France, the agent for Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice. Rice is an unrestricted free agent but the Ravens – at the very least – are prepared to put the franchise tag on him to avoid him hitting the open market.