During the prime of his career, Joe Flacco was the centerpiece of the puzzle for the Baltimore Ravens. That saw him capitalize on an impressive Super Bowl run to earn a six-year, $120 million deal to remain with the Ravens. In response to that massive contract, Flacco made a surprisingly cheap first purchase after earning that life-changing money.
Joe Flacco’s $120 million deal with Ravens
In the months heading into the 2012 season, there were plenty of questions around Flacco’s long-term future with the Ravens.
He was in the final year of his rookie deal, and there wasn’t any significant talk toward him working out a new lucrative contract. However, things played out tremendously in his favor that campaign as he helped guide the franchise to its second Super Bowl win.
Flacco stepped it up in the playoffs as he proved to be the driving force offensively for the Ravens. He guided the team to four straight playoff wins with 1,140 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions, and a 117.2 passer rating. That included three games with three touchdown passes, which was highlighted by 287 passing yards and three touchdowns in the 34-31 win in Super Bowl XLVII.
His impressive run through the playoffs along with his steady play helped him earn a lucrative six-year, $120 million deal with $52 million guaranteed. That made him the highest-paid player in league history at that point. In response to that hammering out that new contract, he made an extremely inexpensive first purchase.
Joe Flacco’s first purchase
In many instances where a professional athlete garners a massive new deal, it’s often followed by them making an expensive first purchase to reward themselves.
Armed with a $29 million signing bonus and the promise of a total of $52 million guaranteed over the life of the contract, Flacco rolled down his window at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Aberdeen, Md., after ordering a 10-piece McNugget meal, with fries and an unsweetened iced tea for $6.99.
The fact that Flacco went that route shouldn’t be surprising now that Flacco’s reputation is well known for not being on the expensive side. There was once a video of TMZ following him taking public transportation.
Although it’s just one purchase, it goes to show the type of person that Flacco is and where his mindset is about his finances. In other words, there likely won’t be a story on him many years from now about him going broke after his playing days.
How did Joe Flacco’s contract play out?
Following that massive deal to keep Flacco in place, the Ravens never returned to the Super Bowl in the years under his contract.
Baltimore went to playoffs twice with the furthest they reached was the divisional round. That saw them secure just one season with double-digit wins and only fall below the .500 mark once. The Ravens didn’t wind up committing to Flacco the entire way through as they transitioned to Lamar Jackson in his final year with the team in the 2019 campaign.
The veteran quarterback had inked a three-year contract extension worth $66.4 million with a $40 million signing bonus in 2016 that put him under team control through the 2021 season. Flacco was traded to the Denver Broncos last offseason but was a tenure that lasted one season as he lost his starting job to another rookie this time Drew Locke.
He is now floating in the free-agent market after the Broncos decided to part ways with him March.