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Ravens' challenge of keeping a marquee quarterback isn't unique in NFL

Ravens' challenge of keeping a marquee quarterback isn't unique in NFL

INDIANAPOLIS — The Ravens' quest for a franchise quarterback finally ended when Joe Flacco capped a stellar postseason by engineering a Super Bowl victory.

Now, a championship and Flacco's unresolved contract as a pending unrestricted free agent have created a complex reality.

Flacco is poised to either be paid as much as a $20.46 million franchise tender next season or be retained through a potential blockbuster deal that could rival New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' $100 million contract.

The welcome prospect of having a top quarterback is juxtaposed by a challenge: trying not to lose several key...

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