Baltimore Ravens: 5 Reasons the Ravens Should Consider Trading Joe Flacco

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Baltimore Ravens: 5 Reasons the Ravens Should Consider Trading Joe Flacco
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Look, before you jump down my throat and tell me how ridiculous this all sounds, remember two things.

This is draft week, meaning this is probably not the most ridiculous trade proposal you will hear, and what else besides mock drafts is there to debate?

The Ravens have many decisions to ponder during this offseason. As a Ravens fan I find myself sitting around every day (while cheering for the Capitals) wondering what the Ravens can do to get over the proverbial hump known as the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For the second time in three years, Joe Flacco laid an egg in Pittsburgh during the playoffs and the Steelers scurried off to the Super Bowl.

Thanks again to Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers, because only they made this offseason bearable.

Please do not get me wrong, I am a Flacco fan.

I even named my dog after him and then found out that many Spanish speaking folks here in the Sunshine state thought we named him because he was skinny.

No, we named him after Joseph Vincent Flacco, the current disgruntled franchise quarterback of my hometown team, the Baltimore Ravens.

Skinny is coming off a career year and is the already the Ravens' all-time leading passer in yards (10,206), touchdown passes (60), completions (878) and attempts (1,416).

He is just the third starting quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to reach the playoffs in his first three NFL seasons, joining Bernie Kosar and Dan Marino.

Last season, Flacco finished 10th in TD passes (25), seventh in passer rating (93.6) and only three QB's threw fewer interceptions with more attempts than Flacco.

Flacco has recently been disgruntled with Ravens management. Currently he has two years remaining on the original contract he signed after he was the team's first round pick in 2008 out of the University of Delaware. 

The 26-year-old New Jersey native wants an extension now, and was recently quoted in the Baltimore Sun saying so. Flacco told Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley the following:

"Ideally for me, I would like to start talks this year. Next year, I feel like they would have to throw something in front of me that's going to be pretty legit in order for me to not play out my fifth year.

"If you don't sign me this year, you're making me play a whole year of my contract with no security. In a year from now, I'm going to be thinking, 'Hey, they already made me play one year without another contract, what's the harm in playing another year and seeing what happens after that?'"

Flacco continued by saying, “I would like to do something as soon as possible because I feel like I deserve it," Flacco said. "If you don't feel like I'm going to be your quarterback for the next 10 years, what's one year going to make. I don't know what the deal is. We'll have to let this play out and see."

Flacco was also upset over the dismissal of Ravens QB coach Jim Zorn back in February and took the firing personally. Flacco also expressed his feelings on the handling of that issue.

By getting rid of Zorn, Flacco felt as if the Ravens were taking a swipe at his performance this season.

"I'm kind of taking it personal," Flacco said. "You're saying that you're not happy with the position. I'm not sure if there is any truth to that, but that's the vibe you're sending to your quarterback. I feel like I'm being attacked."

Is there a storm brewing for the Ravens front office and Joe Flacco? Joe has to know his extension is not the Ravens top priority.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is due before Flacco, and once the lockout ends the Ravens must scramble to re-sign their players that do not have two years left on their contracts.

Along with all Ravens fans, I have suffered through years of quarterback futility in Baltimore. I remember Stoney Case, Scott Mitchell, Anthony Wright, and the many others that lined up behind center.

Why would I even suggest trading Flacco, you ask?

Why not look around and see what his worth is. Even with Flacco’s success this past season, many scouts in and out of the organization feel he will never be the QB we fans think he will be.

This after all, will be year four for cool-hand Joe.

As the 2011 NFL Draft approaches, here are five reasons and possible scenarios the Ravens may want to consider trading Flacco this week.

There would be plenty of takers for Flacco.

 

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