Conflicting Reports On Joe Flacco Deal

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Now that the Ray Rice deal is done, attention has turned to when Joe Flacco is going to get an extension.

And just as there was with Rice, conflicting reports and rumors on when it will come are running rampant.

At around noon today, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah published a story indicating a deal is right around the corner.

A source told him that there's a "75 percent chance" Flacco will have a new deal by the official start of training camp next Wednesday.

The Carroll County Times' Aaron Wilson, who spoke with Flacco's agent last night, contradicted the report.

"No deal is imminent for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco at this time," Wilson tweeted. "I would say it's unlikely a deal is struck before camp barring a change."

XM Radio's Adam Caplan also tweeted, "I would not only [BE] surprised...I would be stunned if Flacco got a new deal by the start of camp for the ‪#Ravens on 7/25 (when vets report)."

Linta seemed to signify that a contract wasn't near when speaking to Wilson last night.

"Joe is very, very excited for the season," Linta said. "He's really adamant about getting the Ravens to the next step.

"The contract at this point is secondary to that goal. Joe has the attitude that he'll earn it."

Linta has said the two sides will continue negotiations. Flacco is entering the final year of his rookie contract and he is due a $6.76 million base salary after triggering a $5.4 million escalator clause, according to Wilson.

"We've had great conversations, and we're going to keep talking," Linta said. "Everything is good. We're going to keep talking, keep the lines of communication open."

About four hours before Rice signed his contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that it "would be an upset" if they were able to strike a deal. Numerous other pundits said it was unlikely.

So who knows?

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