The value of Flacco's next deal

Sometimes in sports, a player will up his performance in the final season of his contract (the "contract year," in the parlance of our times), resulting in increased leverage if the team paying him believes that there's more where that came from. In leading the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory with a strong postseason, Joe Flacco may have just submitted the ultimate "contract year" performance that we've seen in recent memory.