How the Steelers can help Joe Flacco and hurt their Rivals

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Posted by bernreuther on February 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm

One of the reasons I like Mike Florio is because he thinks of things that wouldn’t occur to most fans. Anyone can write a website full of links to other news, but he has a curious eye and a bit of a nerd streak like me when it comes to things like the CBA and the cap.

So it’s no surprise that he noticed an interesting link between the Ravens and the Steelers with regards to the upcoming Joe Flacco contract negotiations.

There’s nothing new or earth-shattering here, really, but it’s also not something most people would notice. Under the calculation of the salary paid under the Exclusive franchise tender, Flacco’s salary is affected by the cap number for rival QB Ben Roethlisberger, since his is one of the five highest for 2013. Big cap numbers are generally something that teams would like to negotiate downward, but the Steelers may have more to gain by putting the screws to the Ravens than they do by re-negotiating Ben’s contract. They’d surely love to explore ways to lighten that cap hit, but they can do that any time. Might as well hurt your arch rival’s leverage a little bit by waiting a while before calling Ryan Tollner.

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