“Ed and Joe Flacco are Ravens, they’ll always be Ravens,” Harbaugh said. “I’m sure they’ll be in the Ring of Honor someday. They’re good friends of everybody here. But there are no plans to have either of them on our team right now. We’re happy with what we have, so that’s where we’re at.”
Reporters then informed Harbaugh that he had accidentally included Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco in his comments.
“Yes, we wish the best for Joe and we’re sure he’ll land on his feet somewhere, but we just don’t really see a future for him here,” said the coach.
Flacco signed a 6-year, $120.6 million contract with the Ravens after last year’s Super Bowl title, but his play this year suggests his performance during the playoffs was a fluke. The second-highest paid player in football has reverted to mediocrity, completing less than 60-percent of his passes and posting a 77.3 quarterback rating, as his contract as looked more and more like an albatross for the franchise.
Harbaugh was asked if Flacco’s poor play was the reason for Baltimore’s sudden decision to part ways with the supposed franchise quarterback, but he refused to go into details.
“Look, I’m not going to trash Joe or go into specifics,” said the coach. “This is not intended to be personal. Players decline. That’s what happens in football. But he helped us win a Super Bowl and nothing can change that. We just think we’re a better team without him going forward.”
Flacco said he was not surprised by the decision.
“I’ve known I was on borrowed time for a while,” said Flacco. “If it wasn’t for [Broncos’ defensive back] Rahim Moore blowing it in the playoffs last year, I’m probably quarterbacking the Jaguars this year. Instead, I got $52 million guaranteed. I’m blessed.”
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