Joe Flacco Asks for Entire Contract to be Given in Signing Bonus: “In case I, you know, start sucking again”

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Final agreement on the contract that will pay Joe Flacco $120.6 million over six years and make him the highest paid player in the history of the sport has hit a snag over signing bonus. The Ravens have structured their offer so Flacco receives a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million guaranteed, while Flacco wants a guaranteed $120.6 million bonus.

"Joe is concerned, and I would say understandably so, that he is going to return to being the quarterback he was for the past five years," said Joe Linta, Flacco's agent. "He feels like he stepped in something and that it for some reason stuck to his shoe for a whole month. And now if, or possibly when, he comes out and starts being an average quarterback again, they'll cut him long before he gets anything close to $120 million."

Friends and teammates of Flacco's say he has been stressed out over the contract negotiations, saying things like "I don't know how long I can keep this up," and "I feel like it all might have just been a big fluke," and "honestly, I was just throwing the ball up in the air as far as I could and people were catching it. My own team. Next thing I knew we had a Super Bowl trophy. I think I might be screwed now."

While Flacco is trying to get the entirety of the contract's value now before he begins playing like himself again, the Ravens are seeking to put language into the deal that allows them to recoup the signing bonus if, according to Page 11 of the deal, "you go out there in Week 1 and stand there like an idiot in the pocket, fumble a bunch of times and chuck the ball way over everyone's head when you do finally release it."

Flacco and Linta rejected the Ravens' request to structure the deal so that Flacco makes the league minimum for the first five years with a non-guaranteed $118 million salary in year six.