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The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco have reached agreement on a contract extension, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.
Flacco gets a $40 million signing bonus as part of the new deal. The goal of the extension was to spread out the salary cap hit ($28.55 million this season) the team was scheduled to take on Flacco's last contract.
"It's all about winning football games. Once this thing is signed and over with, that's all that we're worried about," Flacco said at Wednesday's news conference, according to The Associated Press. "This gives us the best chance to move forward. Over the next six years, it's a huge window to go win another Super Bowl, another two, another three, whatever it may be. At the end of the day, that's our goal."
Flacco, 31, has spent his entire eight-season NFL career with the Ravens, who drafted him 18th overall in 2008. He signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal prior to the 2013 season that made him the highest-paid player in the league at the time.
This past season, he passed for 2,791 yards and 14 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in 10 games. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in a Nov. 22 win over the Rams and missed the rest of the season.
In eight seasons with Baltimore, he has 28,322 passing yards, 162 touchdown passes and 102 interceptions. He has completed 60.9 percent of his passes and has an 84.7 QB rating.
Flacco has been to the postseason six times and was the MVP of the Ravens' Super Bowl 47 win over the 49ers.
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