A Super Bowl run and a few wins against stellar quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and prize rookie Andrew Luck will certainly do something to a National Football League (NFL) resume. But should it make you the highest paid signal caller in the league? Joe Flacco's agent certainly thinks so. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback recently agreed to a six-year agreement worth $120 million, making him the highest paid signal caller in NFL history. While Flacco's career stats are certainly solid, are they worth $20 million a year? Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question.
Riley: Absolutely not! One Super Bowl run shouldn't qualify you as the highest paid signal caller in the NFL. Before this season, there were several prior years when the Baltimore franchise was questioning whether or not Flacco was the guy they drafted him to be. Granted, he was spectacular this playoff run but getting hot at the right time has not turned him into a quarterback more valuable than Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Green: You're kidding me right? He's the only signal caller to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons. And he also has the record for most playoff road wins in that span with six. It's not so much about what he's done for the league but what he's done for the Ravens. For that alone he's obvious well worth it.
Riley: I hate to talk about money because it's not my money and it's not my team but when we sit here and say, “Joe Flacco's the highest paid NFL quarterback in the history of the game,” it just sounds funny to me. Times change and the league changes but considering his career stats aren't outlandishly outstanding, why is he getting paid like it?
Green: Because he has a place in history with some of the best in the game. That’s why. His postseason run was insane, throwing for 11 touchdowns with zero interceptions and 1,140 yards. He threw a Hail Mary, season-saving, playoff-saving touchdown pass against Denver, then dominated Brady and then won the MVP for the Super Bowl. He's earned it clearly.
Riley: Several players have gone on insane runs in the playoffs but that doesn't mean they deserve to be the highest paid going into next season. It seems as if Baltimore rewarded Flacco for 2013 and forgot about his post-season performances from 2008-2012. People talk about how he out-performed Brady last winter in the playoffs but nobody talks about how he performed in the earlier round against the Houston Texans in which he barely got the team out of that round.
Green: Flacco is a top-five quarterback right now, Riley, like it or not. No one cares what he did years prior. What did he do this year? He performed excellently and won the Super Bowl, that's why he's the highest paid.