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Agent: Ravens dumb for waiting to sign Flacco

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The agent for Joe Flacco chided the Baltimore Ravens for not signing the quarterback to a new contract before the 2012 season.

Joe Linta called the Ravels dumb for their handling of the situation, saying the team's reluctance to reach a new deal with Flacco hinged on $1 million in the final year of the contract.

"One million dollars six years from now, in the base salary non-guaranteed money, and they walked away," Linta told USA Today. "It cost them $35 million. So I have no sympathy. None."

The Ravens waited until after the season to work out a deal with Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract instead of a five-year extension with an average of $16 million per season that was proposed before last season.

"I've never in my life seen a dumber move," Linta said. "I guess people can say, 'Well, Joe was dumb, too.' It could have been, God forbid, if he got hurt. But $1 million to (Ravens owner) Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That's like 100 bucks for you or me today."

The current deal calls for a $28.55 million cap figure in 2016, which the Ravens likely will want to restructure. Flacco's salary will count $6.8 million against the cap in 2013 and then $14.8 million in 2014 and $14.55 million in 2015.

"I'm not apologetic for the fact this is really a three-year deal, there's no way they can afford $29 million a couple of years from now," Linta said in the interview with USA Today. "I'm not apologetic. They chose to walk away."

Since leading Baltimore to a Super Bowl championship in February and signing the hefty contract, Flacco has received some criticism as the Ravens lost key free agents such as Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin and Paul Kruger to other teams who could offer them better deals.
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