Hey, this is America and Joe Flacco’s agent feels he has a right to his opinion.
Joe Linta went on a Baltimore radio station on Tuesday and gave an explanation for saying he “had never in my life seen a dumber move” than the Ravens waiting to give Flacco a contract extension. Linta said he made those remarks in response to allegations that his client was greedy for securing a six-year, $120.6 million deal.
“… To be honest with you in sort of a parental mode I’d kind of gotten sick of the intimations that he was greedy and that type of thing. And I said, ‘Look, I have no sympathy for the Ravens. They chose this. They walked away from the deal in August.’” Linta said via Pro Football Talk.
“Look, they’re brilliant guys. They won a Super Bowl. But I thought it was dumb. Look, if that’s the worst thing that they get called in their existence, then they got a pretty good situation. They know how I feel. Everything I was quoted [on], I told them that in August. This is not news to them. It’s how I feel. I’m allowed to have my opinion.”
While the Pro Football Talk piece says he shouldn’t have expressed his opinion publicly, we at Laces Out disagree. NFL teams will often resort to underhanded tactics during contract negotiations, leaking stories about a player’s work ethic (or lack thereof) to drum up public support.
These are the same NFL teams who charge $30 to park at the stadium. They’re tough people. They can take a little criticism from time to time.
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