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NFL notebook: Flacco agrees to Ravens deal

| Friday, March 1, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
Quarterback Joe Flacco reportedly has agreed to terms on a contract with the Baltimore Ravens that would make him the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history. (AP)

Joe Flacco is staying in Baltimore.

The Super Bowl MVP quarterback agreed Friday to a new contact with the Ravens, two people with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press.

Terms were not immediately available, but ESPN was reporting the deal to be worth $120.6 million over six years, just more than the $20 million per year Drew Brees earns with New Orleans.

Brees is the NFL's highest-paid player.

Fox Sports first reported the new deal.

Flacco played out his rookie contract last season for $6.76 million and led Baltimore to the NFL championship.

The 28-year-old Flacco is the only quarterback to win a postseason game in each of his first five pro seasons. He had a spectacular playoffs and Super Bowl this year, throwing for 11 touchdowns with no interceptions.

He also holds the record for playoff road wins with six.

Before the Super Bowl, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti expressed confidence that Flacco would be the Ravens' quarterback of the future.

“We've never lost a great, great franchise player from the beginning,” Bisciotti said. “I'm just very comfortable that it will get done.”

Flacco was a first-round draft pick in 2008 out of Delaware and one of the most consistent postseason winners in NFL history.

Flacco said after the Super Bowl victory over San Francisco that he expected to be back in Baltimore. He made sure of that Friday, coincidentally hours after the franchise tag figures for 2013 became known.

Had Flacco been franchised, he would have earned at least $14.896 million this season.

Falcons RB Turner cut

The Falcons started their youth movement by ditching three key players from the most successful era in franchise history.

Running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson were released in moves that were not unexpected given their age (all in their 30s) and hefty salaries.

The moves free up about $16 million in salary cap space, money that general manager Thomas Dimitroff intends to use to build a younger roster.

Last year, the Falcons were one of the oldest teams in the league.

Jets sign receiver from California (Pa.), 2 others

The Jets have signed defensive back Eric Crocker, defensive tackle Junior Aumavae and wide receiver Thomas Mayo.

Mayo of California (Pa.) was an undrafted free agent with the Raiders last year who also was released in training camp before landing with the Chicago Rush of the AFL during the 2012 season.

Arizona releases CB Gay

The Cardinals cleared salary cap room by releasing linebacker Stewart Bradley and former Steelers cornerback William Gay.

A year ago, Gay signed a two-year, $4.95 million deal with the Cardinals. Gay started 15 games last season. He had 60 tackles, one sack and two interceptions.

The move reportedly clears about $3.5 million in salary cap room.

NFL sets franchise tags

The NFL set the franchise tags, including $14.896 million for quarterbacks.

Other tags for franchise players are $11.175 million for defensive ends; $10.854 million for cornerbacks; $10.537 million for wide receivers; $9.828 million for offensive linemen; $9.619 million for linebackers; $8.45 million for defensive tackles; $8.219 million for running backs; $6.916 million for safeties, $6.066 million for tight ends and $2.977 million for kickers/punters.

Around the league

The Colts gave punter Pat McAfee the franchise tag, meaning the Plum and West Virginia product will be paid $2.977 million this season if he doesn't reach a long-term contract with the team. … The Broncos placed their franchise tag on All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady. ... Veteran quarterback David Garrard is nearing a deal with the Jets after the team works through salary-cap issues, according to multiple reports. … The Bills retained the rights to safety Jairus Byrd by placing a franchise tag on him. … The Bengals gave defensive end Michael Johnson the franchise tag. ... The Panthers released starting defensive tackle Ron Edwards in a move that frees up $2.5 million in salary-cap space.

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