Joe Flacco isn't one of the NFL's top five quarterbacks, but he is solid with a chance to get even better. The Baltimore Ravens need to lock him up to a long-term deal before he hits free agency after the 2011 season.
In 2011, Flacco took a step back as a passer. He completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 3,610 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His passer rating of 80.9 ranked 18th out of the 34 quarterbacks who qualified league-wide.
But in 2010, the Delaware product was much better, completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,622 yards, with 25 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a passer rating of 93.6.
Flacco is just 27 years old and will be entering his fifth NFL season this fall. He isn't the best quarterback in the NFL like he claims, but he is certainly capable. He needs to be better than he was in 2011, but Baltimore's other option is to draft a new quarterback and essentially start over.
The Ravens have a team built to win for the next few seasons; Flacco should be the guy to lead them during that time.