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Joe Flacco gets his payday

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco holds the Vince

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans. (Feb. 3, 2013) Credit: AP

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed his six-year, $120.6 million contract today, making him the NFL's highest paid player. 

At least until Aaron Rodgers signs his new deal, anyway. 

So what does Flacco plan to do with the money? 

"I'm just going to look at it and be able to smile a little bit," Flacco said today at a news conference announcing the signing. "It's not one of those things that you really think about on a daily basis. I definitely have the freedom to do some things that I otherwise wouldn’t, but I don’t have any immediate plans.” 

Flacco said it really wasn't about the money, anyway. 

"It's about the respect," he said. "When you get to a point you're happy with, you say I'm good and let's go take care of the rest of the guys."

Flacco decided not to sign a contract before the 2012 season, because he felt he could earn more if he played the season out and did well. That plan couldn't have worked out any better, as Flacco led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title in his fifth season with Baltimore. 

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