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Ravens Have No Intentions Of Letting Flacco Leave Baltimore

The Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco still havent worked out a long-term deal. Regardless of how the dominoes fall, assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta made clear during an appearance on Thursdays Pro Football Talk that the team plans on keeping Flacco around for the long haul.

We have no intentions of letting Joe Flacco leave Baltimore, DeCosta said.

Still, DeCosta didnt put the chances of Flacco leaving at zero percent. Probably negligible, DeCosta said.

So does that mean the Ravens will use the exclusive level of the franchise tag, if push comes to shove?

We dont know that, DeCosta said. Were not sure. Weve had a lot of meetings, about three or four different scenarios, and I know that his agent, Joe Linta, and our cap guy, Pat Moriarity, will have some discussions in the next few days, over the next week, and hopefully we can get some things ironed out and at that point we can kind of move forward with what are plans are going to be if we cant get a deal done.

If the Ravens dont use the exclusive level of the franchise tag, Flacco will be able to negotiate with other teams and sign an offer sheet. If the Ravens cant or wont match an offer that likely would be heavily front-loaded, the Ravens would receive two first-round picks as compensation.

For more on this story visit: Mike Florio, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk


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