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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sports Contract Disputes

Joe Flacco contract controversy.

Joe Flacco is coming off a career year in which he became the Baltimore Ravens’ all-time leading passer but the Season ended on a bad note (see video) and the Baltimore Ravens have publicly stated that Flacco will not receive a contract extension this year.


Flacco was the Raven’s 1st round draft pick in 2008 and is still has two years remaining on his rookie contract. He has surpassed all of the expectations and truly out performed his contract. However, Flacco remains frustrated that talks on a new contract have not begun; mainly because the NFL lockout has had prohibited contact between the teams and their players during this offseason. Flacco became even more disgruntled when Quarterback coach Jim Zorn was fired earlier this year. "I'm kind of taking it personal," Flacco said. "You're saying that you're not happy with the position. I'm not sure if there is any truth to that, but that's the vibe you're sending to your quarterback. I feel like I'm being attacked."

But it only gets worse for Flacco who is thought to be worried that his new deal is not even a priority for the team. The Ravens recently selected QB Tyrod Taylor in the NFL draft and it is expected that when the lockout ends the Ravens will be scrambling to re-sign players with less than two years left on their contracts. Also, All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is due a contract extension before Flacco and is considered by many to be a higher priority. I’d love to see how this one plays out.


Albert Pujols Contract Negotiation.

It has been reported that Albert Pujols is seeking a 10-year, $300 million contract extension. This would be the largest contract in MLB history. Yes, even larger that the infamous 10-year, $275 million contract that Alex Rodriguez received in 2008. Albert still has one year left on his current contract. However, after this season he is set to become a free agent. Albert has been adamant about not negotiating during the season so as not to be a distraction to the team. And now that the new season is under way all signs indicate that the negotiations between Pujols and the Cardinals have indeed ceased. The Cardinals are still considered the front runner to re-sign Pujols since the Yankees and the Red Sox will not be participating in the Albert Pujols sweepstakes, But only time will tell…