Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is standing firmly behind teammate Anquan Boldin and his insistence on getting the money he thinks he deserves.
The Ravens are trying to get Boldin to take less than his $6-million base salary for 2013, and so far he is not budging.
Flacco understands. He recently landed a six-year, $120.6-million contract from the Ravens.
"Without him, we don't win the Super Bowl. He's a huge part of this team and someone I want to see back," Flacco told USA Today. "Obviously, when you're a player of his calibre, you believe you're worth a number and that's what you should get. He's going to stick to his guns, and that's the way it should be."
In his third year with the Ravens, Boldin had 65 receptions for 921 yards during the regular season and played a key role in the 34-31 Super Bowl win over San Francisco with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
"This league is about going out and performing and playing well and having fun doing so," Flacco said, according to USA Today. "But it's also our livelihood and it's about getting paid. So teams are going to let go of you as soon as they can. So when you're playing, you have to make sure you can get as much money as you can because that's what's going to take care of your family down the road."
Under his current contract, Boldin's 2013 salary would count $7.531-million against the Ravens' cap, and they want him to take less to give them more room to sign free agents.
If Bolden is released, he will become an unrestricted free agent.