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Speaking of guys who aren't going anywhere, Joe Flacco should be in Black and Purple for a very long time after an incredible postseason run to a thrilling Super Bowl victory.
Coming into the 2013 NFL playoffs, it seemed increasingly likely that the Ravens would let him test the market. In fact, there was a growing faction of fans who thought the team should let Flacco walk.
Finishing the season with 3,817 yards and 22 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, Flacco turned in what most would consider a thoroughly mediocre season. He finished 25th among quarterbacks in ESPN's QBR metric and was 17th in Football Outsiders' DVOA measurement.
What's more, Baltimore collapsed down the stretch. The team lost four of its last five regular-season games, and looked so bad that many were picking the far less talented Indianapolis Colts to eliminate the Ravens at home.
As just about everyone on the big blue marble knows, that didn't happen. The Ravens dispatched of Indianapolis at home then the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos on the road en route to making the Super Bowl.
Flacco was the man leading the entire charge. Ascending when his team needed him the most, Flacco threw for 853 yards and eight touchdowns without an interception. His excellence was particularly needed against Denver, where two special teams touchdowns put the Ravens up against the wall.
Granted, the last time Baltimore won a Super Bowl, it did allow Trent Dilfer to walk. Well, Joe Flacco isn't Trent Dilfer.
Look for the Ravens and Flacco to try to get a long-term deal done, with the team franchising its quarterback if only to give the sides more time to negotiate.