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“I thought I was worth more and didn’t really see any circumstances where I wouldn’t end up getting paid more than what they were willing to give me at that point,” Flacco said.

That assessment was as precise as one of his many sharp spirals in the Super Bowl.

“The real risk is that I could get hurt,” he said. “I always kind of had faith that we were going to get something done here no matter what. I didn’t know if we were going to go win the Super Bowl and all of that, so that kind of helped the situation out, I think, a little bit.”