Jets coach Rex Ryan has admired Joe Flacco’s game since the Ravens’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback was a rookie in 2008, when Ryan was Baltimore’s defensive coordinator.

And since coming to the Jets, Ryan has pushed for the team to sign several ex-Ravens, such as LB Bart Scott, S Jim Leonhard and WR Derrick Mason.

In a perfect world, Ryan probably would love to be reunited with Flacco, who can become a free agent next month. But in the real world, there’s virtually no chance of it happening. Here’s why:

1. Flacco and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti have made it clear they want to come to an agreement on a long-term deal. Flacco likes it where he is and Bisciotti wanted to re-sign him even before Flacco earned MVP honors in the Ravens’ Super Bowl win.

2. If the two sides can’t agree to a contract, it’s a near-certainty Bisciotti and the Ravens then would place the franchise tag on Flacco, meaning he would be paid in 2013 the average of the top five quarterback salaries. That also would give the two sides time to reach an agreement on a multi-year contract.

3. The Jets simply don’t have the money on hand to sign Flacco. They already are believed to be $20 million over the salary cap. Yes, they will release some players to clear cap space, but replacements then must be found and signed, or some of those released players could be brought back for lesser money.