Agent Joe Linta defended his comments that the Baltimore Ravens were "dumb" not to sign Joe Flacco before last season began and explained that he was simply defending his client against the perception that he was "greedy."
Linta told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore on Tuesday that he had been "hearing that for about three months now" that Flacco precipitated the Ravens' purge of veterans from their Super Bowl-winning roster with his six-year, $120.6 million extension, and USA Today Sports "prompted me for my opinion and I gave it to them."
He told USA Today that he had "never in my life seen a dumber move" when the Ravens failed to budge in contract talks with Flacco last August.
On Tuesday, Linta said he had become "sick" of the backlash against Flacco "because Joe is a consummate pro, he's a phenomenal player, a great father, a great husband, and a great son."
"And to be honest with you in sort of a parental mode I'd kind of gotten sick of the intimations that he was greedy and that type of thing. And I said, 'Look, I have no sympathy for the Ravens. They chose this. They walked away from the deal in August,'" he said.
Linta called himself a fan of the Ravens because he has five clients on the team's roster and said that if he had to issue an apology to continue to do business with the team, he had no problem doing so.
"If I need to issue a public apology, if I offended them by using the word 'dumb,' then so be it. That's fine. Hey, I'm sorry. But I'm allowed to have my opinion. Like I said, they've called me a lot worse than that," he said.
Linta complimented the team's front-office personnel but said he believes they made a bad decision in their talks with Flacco last year.
"Look, they're brilliant guys. They won a Super Bowl. But I thought it was dumb," he said. "Look, if that's the worst thing that they get called in their existence, then they got a pretty good situation. They know how I feel. Everything I was quoted, I told them that in August. This is not news to them. It's how I feel. I'm allowed to have my opinion."
Although he disagreed with their decision last year, Linta called the Ravens' Ozzie Newsome a "Hall of Fame general manager" and said Pat Moriarty, Baltimore's contract negotiator, "is welcome in my house every day of the week. I love the guy. I absolutely adore that guy."
Linta acknowledged he's stubborn but said that may be why he and Flacco get along so well.
"That's why we like each other. We're both a little bit stubborn and proud of it," he said.