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His agent and the Ravens are in the midst of contract negotiations.
But that didn’t stop Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco from reporting to Owings Mills, Md., for Day 1 of the team’s voluntary strength and conditioning program.
Stress should be put on the word “voluntary” because players negotiating extensions often don’t show their faces.
“I wanted to come, just see the guys and throw the ball around a little bit,” Flacco said.
One-on-One With Flacco
“The contract is not really an issue. It’s going to be taken care of by the guys upstairs and my agent. I really don’t have anything to worry about on that front. Either it’s going to get done or it’s not. I won’t be happy if it doesn’t get done, but I’m not going to make a big deal of it.”
Flacco has been staying out of it. He’s been spending his offseason in his home state of New Jersey.
“It’s just any other offseason,” said Flacco, who is entering the final year of his contract.
“I’ll be at OTAs and stuff and we’ll let those guys take care of it. If it gets done it gets done. If it doesn’t it doesn’t. But I’m not really going to put my mind on it. I’m going to keep myself at ease and keep my mind on football.”
Flacco arrived at the team complex early Monday morning, put on shorts and a T-shirt and took to the field to throw to wide receivers.
He tossed with them individually for about half an hour, running his own personal mini workout. Second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith said Flacco also talked to them about setting up throwing sessions in their free time.
“I didn’t expect to see him, so I was excited about it,” Smith said.
“It means a lot coming from our guy. He understands that whether there’s business or not, we’re going to need him. We’re going to all need to be in sync. You can do nothing but respect it.”