Making the case for Joe Flacco's demands

February, 6, 2013
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Joe Flacco's agent told CNBC that the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player should be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. That means Flacco would command more than the Saints' Drew Brees, who is earning $20 million per season.

Here is Flacco's case for why he should get paid more than every quarterback in the league:
  • His nine playoff victories are tied with Tom Brady for the most ever by a quarterback in his first five seasons. Flacco also has the same number of postseason victories as Peyton Manning -- which is significant considering Flacco has played nine fewer seasons.
  • Flacco has won 63 games, including the regular season and playoffs, since 2008. That's six more than anyone else during that same span, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers are the closest to Flacco with 57 victories. Brees is third with 56.
  • Flacco enjoyed a postseason for the ages. His 11 touchdowns tied the NFL record for most in a postseason. Joe Montana is the only other player in NFL history with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in a postseason.
  • His Total QBR of 95.1 was seven points higher than any other Super Bowl performance in the Total QBR era (since 2008). His rating topped those of Brees, Brady, Rodgers and both Manning brothers.
  • Flacco completed 40 passes of at least 25 yards in the regular season. Only Brees (47) threw more than Flacco.
  • Among quarterbacks with 500 pass attempts in 2012, Flacco had the third-fewest interceptions with 10. That ranks behind Brady and Rodgers, who had eight each. Flacco didn't throw an interception in his last 195 passes, a streak that spans seven games.
  • He has never missed a start in his five-year NFL career, a streak of 80 consecutive games. Only Eli Manning (135 games) and Philip Rivers (112) have longer streaks than Flacco.
  • Flacco is the first quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons. He also has six career road playoff wins, which is the most in NFL postseason history (Eli Manning has five).
  • He has 15 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. Four of them have come this season, including the AFC divisional playoff game in Denver. That's one fewer than Ben Roethlisberger during that same span.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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