Joe Flacco might be the all-time poster boy for good timing in free agency.

The walk year of his contract coincided with a season in which he emerged as a star, silenced his critics and netted a second Lombardi Trophy for the Baltimore Ravens.

The result of that rise was a six-year contract worth $120.6 million. A staggering $52 million was fully guaranteed.

Did the massive nature of Flacco's contract lead -- at least in part -- to the exodus of Ravens like Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe? The ensuing criticism both was predictable and unfair.

Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, explained that the Ravens have no one to blame but themselves for any salary-cap issues. According to Linta, Flacco walked away from a five-year extension that would have averaged $16 million a year last summer. Why? The Ravens were unwilling to add $1 million more to the final year of that deal, according to Linta.