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Ravens Passer Flacco Agrees on 6-Year, $120.6 Million Deal

March 4 (Bloomberg) -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed his Super Bowl season by agreeing to the richest contract in National Football League history.

The Baltimore Sun reported that the deal is worth $120.6 million and includes a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million in guaranteed money. The per-year average exceeds New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’s $20 million a year, ESPN reported.

The deal allows Flacco to avoid being labeled the Ravens’ franchise player, which would have forced him to sign a one-year contract worth $14.9 million and place all the risk of injury on the 28-year-old passer.

“It was never about the money, it was about earning the respect,” Flacco said during a news conference announcing the deal. “It means a lot.”

Soon after news broke that Flacco had consummated a deal, his teammates began posting comments on the social networking site, Twitter.

“Dinner and a few nights on Joe Flacco when we get back well deserved,” running back Ray Rice posted.

“Man now that’s a pay day!!” offensive lineman Michael Oher commented on the site. “Nobody’s more proud of Joe than his teammates because we all knew he was worth it!!! $$$$$$$ lol.”

Though Flacco’s contract is a six-year agreement, the deal probably will be re-written in the fourth year or Flacco will be released. That’s because he will account for $29 million against the team’s salary limit then, far too much of the total cap, according to NFL.com.

Flacco’s salary will eat up just $6.8 million of Baltimore’s $123 million cap in the coming season, which gives the Super Bowl champions room to sign other players.

Asked what he is going to do with the money, Flacco said: “Nothing immediately. I’m gonna look at it and smile a little bit.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Wilmington, Delaware at ceichelberge@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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