Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens reached a tentative agreement Friday on a new contract that would make the Super Bowl MVP the highest-paid player in NFL history.
If the deal is finalized, the veteran quarterback would receive in excess of $120 million over six years, according to a person close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed.
Flacco would earn more than the $20 million average salary Drew Brees receives with the New Orleans Saints.
Flacco played out his rookie contract last season for $6.76 million and led Baltimore to the NFL championship.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the sides have settled on the parameters of the deal, but still have some language and details to work out.
Fox Sports first reported the new deal.
- The Associated Press
Falcons cut three veterans
The Falcons cut three veterans on Friday for salary cap reasons.
Starting cornerback Dunta Robinson, running back Michael Turner and defensive end John Abraham are all out it Atlanta.
“Given these three moves, again, our focus has always been that we hone in on our players that are currently on our team and our attempt to try to re-sign our football players,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff told the Falcons' official site (via ProFootballTalk). “That’s going to be our focus first and foremost.”
Robinson had 80 total tackles, a forced fumble and an interception for the Falcons last seasons. He was fined $40,000 in September 2011 for a gruesome, helmet-to-helmet hit on DeSean Jackson.
Turner led the Falcons in rushing with 800 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012, but his per-carry average was down from 4.5 yards to 3.6.
Abraham led Atlanta with 10 sacks. He also totaled 35 tackles and six forced fumbles, but was hobbled late in the season by an ankle injury and registered no stats in the playoffs.
Cards cut ex-Eagle Bradley
The Arizona Cardinals have released former Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley, according to Adiki Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network (via ProFootballTalk).
The Cardinals signed Bradley to a five-year, $25 million contract in 2011, and he took a pay cut last season.
Bradley was drafted in the third round by the Eagles in 2007 and spent three seasons with the team. He missed all of the 2009 season with a torn ACL suffered in the Eagles' Flight Night.