Don't think it went unnoticed among the Green Bay Packers' hierarchy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is looking for a Drew Brees-type contract.
It's yet another reminder that the Packers probably are better off moving sooner rather than later on renegotiating Rodgers' contract.
Flacco has plenty of leverage with the Ravens because the team didn't extend his contract last offseason and he'll be an unrestricted free agent this March, though if it gets that far the Ravens presumably will designate him their franchise player. On Monday, ESPN's John Clayton reported Flacco will be looking for a deal similar to Brees' five-year, $100 million contract that includes $40 million in guaranteed money signed last July.
But for all Flacco, 28, has done in helping the Ravens get to the Super Bowl, he's not among the premier quarterbacks in the league.
Passer rating isn't the be-all and end-all, but it's one of several barometers to measure quarterbacks, and Flacco's 87.7 rating this season ranked No. 12 in the NFL and was well below Rodgers (108.0) and Brees (96.3). Also, over the last three years combined, Flacco's 87.2 rating is No. 14 among quarterbacks with at least 30 starts. Rodgers is first (110.7) and Brees is third (99.3).
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