The agent for quarterback Joe Flacco and Baltimore Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty met Friday for the first time since contract talks collapsed in August, sources confirmed Saturday.
By all accounts, the meeting in downtown Indianapolis went well and talks will continue. If a deal is eventually struck, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player is expected to become one of the highest-paid players in the game.
The Ravens attempted to make Flacco one of the five highest-paid quarterbacks during the summer, but talks hit a snag over the contract’s guaranteed money, total value and structure.
Agent Joe Linta has said that he now wants Flacco’s annual average to exceed that of Saints quarterback Drew Brees ($20 million) and the Broncos’ Peyton Manning ($18 million).
Flacco completed 73 of 126 passes (57.9 percent) for 1,140 yards and a 114.0 quarterback rating in the playoffs, throwing 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Both sides hope to work out a long-term contract before March 4, the last day to apply the franchise tag before Flacco becomes an unrestricted free agent.
REGRETS, THEY HAVE A FEW
Alec Ogletree has had his share of problems since arriving at Georgia, a list that includes a four-game suspension to start last season for an undisclosed violation of team rules and last weekend’s DUI arrest. When he showed up to take reporters’ questions Saturday, the fourth day of the league’s annual scouting combine, the first five questions were about his past mistakes and whether they will affect his draft stock.
“I don’t really know what it’s going to do, but like I said, I feel bad about it and I’m really sorry about it,” Ogletree said. “I just have to move forward and take what I get.”
Ogletree isn’t the only one facing questions.
Two other prominent former SEC players — receiver Da’Rick Rogers and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu — have acknowledged they tested positive for drugs in college. Tennessee and LSU, respectively, kicked Rogers and Mathieu off their teams.
Then there’s the saga of Armonty Bryant, a defensive lineman from East Central University, an NCAA Division II school in Oklahoma, who will spend this weekend explaining his arrest on a felony charge of marijuana distribution in a school zone. He said an officer spotted him selling marijuana to a friend in the back lot of the school dorms.
“I told them (scouts) that it was stupid, it was a stupid mistake,” Bryant said. “I was in college and I wasn’t looking toward my future. I tell them I was young, and it was a dumb thing.”
ROBINSON THE RECEIVER
One of the more interesting story lines today will be seeing how much progress Denard Robinson has made since the Senior Bowl in trying to make the transition from college quarterback to pro receiver.
And that might not be the only position the former Michigan signal-caller will try out.
Robinson acknowledged some teams have asked about the possibility of playing him at running back and he plans to throw at his pro day March 14. Defensive back is another possibility.
The Bears hired former Alabama receivers coach Mike Groh for the same job. … The Bills extended the contract of assistant general manager Doug Whaley, smoothing the transition for him to eventually replace GM Buddy Nix. … Redskins offensive assistant Mike McDaniel will replace Ike Hilliard, who left to work for the Bills, as receivers coach.