He was drafted by the Ravens from the University of Delaware – 18th overall pick – during the 2008 league draft. As a rookie, he was to play as the team’s 3rd -string quarterback (QB), but Kyle Boller, then starting quarterback, injured his shoulder during training, putting him in injured reserve; reserve player Troy Smith got sidelined owing to a tonsil infection. Subsequently, Flacco got elevated to being the Ravens’ starting quarterback.
Flacco the rookie started in every match, leading the Ravens to a record of 11-5. In the course of the regular season, he had a 60% pass completion rate (257 for 428) for twelve interceptions and fourteen touchdowns. He became the 1st rookie QB in the history of the NFL to post a victory in his 1st 2 starts in playoffs. Pittsburgh Steelers beat Flacco and company in the American Football Conference Championship game, finishing the season at 13-6.
On November 22, 2015 – Ravens v. Rams – Flacco picked up a knee injury and underwent surgery on December 8, 2015. The injury cost him the 2015 season’s last 6 games.
Recently, there were talks regarding Flacco’s salary cap number in his contract – Newsome notified the press that he and the Ravens’ top brass will weigh up more alternatives than just revising the starting QB’s then 6-year contract downwards. In 2013 when Flacco inked his then-highest 6-year deal worth 120.6 million US Dollars – after he led Baltimore to victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, cap numbers were low. In 2016, it will be 28.55 million US Dollars, the 2nd -topmost among QBs in cap hit behind Drew Brees, the Saints’ QB.
By approximation, the league’s cap figure ranges between 147 million and 154 million US Dollars in 2017, denoting that for Flacco, the figure would be the equivalent of almost 20% of this range – it would account for this percentage of the league’s range.
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