“Four Games Are Not Going To Change Anything”December 4th, 2012
Big name Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who’s been to the playoffs repeatedly and won about 70 percent of his regular season games, is playing in the final year of his contract.
Joe’s been of the mind that whatever deal 27-year-old Flacco may land in Baltimore — if they don’t slap the franchise tag on him for 2013 — would very much be a key mark for a potential Josh Freeman contract extension with the Bucs.
But what’s interesting is that there’s a lot of chatter out of Baltimore that Flacco might have more to prove before Baltimore commits to him for the future. Joe Fortenbaugh, a former agent who writes for NationalFootballPost.com, delved into that in a strong piece yesterday.
So it was a bit of an eye-opener when former Bucs defensive tackle Booger McFarland said today that Freeman is sure to get a contract extension from the Bucs this offseason in the neighborhood of “six years and $60 million.”
“The next four games are not going to change anything,” McFarland said on 98.7 FM, during the Booger and Rich show.
Joe can’t agree that the next four games are meaningless for Freeman. If anything, they’re critical to his negotiating power and to making the Bucs sure of their plans for Freeman’s future. Freeman rising to this December challenge, or wilting under the pressure, will have an impact.
Of course, this assumes the Bucs even want to talk extension before the final season of Freeman’s rookie contract in 2013.