PFT has had a couple of eye catching headlines over the past week or so regarding Joe Flacco and the fact that he is going to become a free agent unless the Ravens (a) work out a new deal or (b) slap him with the franchise tag. Let us assume for the moment that the Ravens are unwilling to pay Flacco the $20 million per season he's reportedly seeking. Let us further assume that Flacco is unwilling to come down from his salary demand. With no deal to be had the Ravens would franchise Flacco. Flacco might not take that too well and might respond in Revis-esque fashion by threatening to hold out.
If Flacco won't sign a deal with the Ravens and opts to hold out instead of play under the franchise tag, Baltimore would need a new QB. Ozzy Newsome didn't become one of the best regarded GMs in the business by spitefully squatting on the rights of players who weren't going to help the team. Say things turn ugly in Baltimore and Newsome decides to get what he can for Flacco in trade. Flacco, of course, has to be amenable to any deal given that no team will trade for him without a contract in place.
Questions for discussion:
If Flacco were available, what should the Bills give up to get him? Think in terms of players and draft picks, though with Baltimore's track record I'm guessing the picks will be more enticing than all but a few of Buffalo's players.
If Flacco were available and the trade details acceptable to both teams, is he worth his $20 million/year asking price? This is a roundabout way of asking if you believe that Flacco is an elite QB.
What percentage chance do you see of Flacco and the Ravens failing to come to terms and a 2013 pre-draft divorce? Zero? Ten? Eight five?