Flacco didn't step into that Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers/Drew Brees/Peyton Manning echelon, but the doesn't mean Baltimore will let him walk as a free agent. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the Ravens are prepared to place the franchise tag on Flacco if he's not signed before March.
The Ravens signal-caller is on pace for a career-high 3,970 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He averaged 3,614 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions from 2009-11.
Flacco surely doesn't want the franchise tag, which would mean having to do this all over again in 2013, but the Ravens won't let him walk. And Flacco will eventually get paid like one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.