Joe Flacco talks to David Letterman
NEW YORK -- Joe Flacco's victory tour Monday included a stop in New York to appear on CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman.
The quarterback led the Ravens to a 34-31 victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the Super Bowl at New Orleans. Flacco completed a remarkable postseason run with 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions in four games. He is about to become a free agent.
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Letterman asked the Super Bowl MVP if he had spoken to team owner Steve Bisciotti about a new contract.
"Well, you know, actually, I only talked to him a little bit before this game, but before the New England game, you know, he just came up to me and said, 'Listen, this is our time, and go get 'em. We have all the faith in you, and this is going to be your team for a long time," Flacco said.
The "Late Show" aired Monday night.
Flacco said he turned down an extension offer from the Ravens last year.
"Well ... when I wasn't signing what they wanted me to sign, (Bisciotti) said, 'Listen, when the time comes, I mean, you come and beat on my desk,' and I said, 'All right, I'll take you up on that,' and I think the time has come."
Last week, Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, said he and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome recently had brief discussions about a new deal, but nothing was done.
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"The onus is on them to make a move after this week," said Linta, who recognizes that the Ravens could slap the franchise tag on Flacco for 2013 at a cost of about $14.6 million. "I would guess they want to keep him. He's 28, in the prime of his football life, has never missed a game. His resume on the table is outstanding and his future is even brighter."
With a Super Bowl win under his belt, Flacco might cost the Ravens in the $20 million per year range that Tom Brady and the Mannings are at. Flacco, a first-round draft pick in 2008 out of Delaware, already is the only quarterback to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons. He passed Eli Manning for most road victories in the postseason when Baltimore won the AFC championship at New England.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.
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