Imagine if every time you made a mistake at work, you had to give a coworker a $25 Starbucks gift card.
Even for the most diligent employees, that would add up to a lot of Frappuccinos over the course of a year.
Of course, things are a little different when you make $20 million a year.
Joe Flacco, he of the $120.6 million contract, and his new wide receiver, Steve Smith, have an interesting way of getting on the same page as they look to turn around an offense that finished 29th in the NFL in total yards in 2013.
According to Peter King of MMQB, Flacco and Smith have an arrangement that calls for the exchange of a $25 Starbucks gift card each time one of them makes the wrong read. Here's the nugget from King's column:
"Smith and Flacco viewed one adjusted Smith route differently, causing an errant throw; Smith said he was reading a Cover-2 alignment by the defense. Flacco said it was Cover-3. They went to the videotape. Flacco was right. They saw on video two corners covering the deep third of either side of the field, with the free safety dropping to cover the deep middle."
King says Flacco has a two-card lead on Smith, who reliably pays up the day after losing a bet.
Flacco and the Ravens have a lot of work to do this offseason. Not only is Flacco coming off a year in which he threw 22 interceptions, Baltimore also brought in a new offensive coordinator (former Texans coach Gary Kubiak). Smith will try to do his part to improve Baltimore's dismal yards-per-reception figure from 2013 (10.8).