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The Flacco debate is essentially over

No matter what his critics might think, he will be paid like an elite quarterback

Originally Published: January 27, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Whether you believe Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is elite or not may become irrelevant within the next month.

Like it or not, he is going to be paid like an elite quarterback. Before the start of free agency, the Ravens have to give him a long-term contract or franchise him. The franchise tag will come in around $14.6 million. A long-term deal would net significantly more.

Ultimately, the Ravens have the option of paying him now or paying him later. But they ...

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