Flacco upbeat about working out extension with Ravens (Lewis' roster spot)

One topic that hasn't come up since right before the season is the contract status of Joe Flacco.

There were rumors aplenty that the Ravens and their quarterback were working on a deal during the offseason, but it never came to fruition and Flacco went into this year, the final season on his rookie contract, without a secure future in purple and black.

Flacco's fifth season has had ups (at the beginning) and downs (in the present). But overall, Flacco keeps himself in the conversation about whether he's one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league, albeit much closer to 10th-best than anything else.

The former first-round pick with the big arm ranks 12th in the NFL with 3,474 passing yards, 15th with 20 touchdown passes and 19th with 10 interceptions. He has struggled with hanging onto the ball lately, as his eight fumbles are 10th-most among quarterbacks.

Flacco has been a part of plenty of team success in his time with the Ravens, winning at least nine games and making the playoffs in all five seasons with the team. Oh yeah, and he hasn't missed a game yet in a league where durability is always an issue.

Flacco will be a free agent at season's end, so is he thinking at all about whether his run with the Ravens will continue?

"I'm sure it's back there somewhere, but it's not something I've really thought about or really considered," he said. "I knew it wasn't going to be a topic of conversation during the season, and that's just the way it is. I kind of just made that clear in my own mind at the beginning of the season and just moved on."

But he is upbeat that he'll be able to get a new contract worked out in the offseason.

"Yeah, no doubt. I always am," Flacco said. "This is a great organization, and you're always upbeat about that kind of thing."

In a completely unrelated note, if linebacker Ray Lewis is ready to return from injured reserve Sunday, Baltimore won't need to clear another roster spot.

The team hasn't announced a corresponding move after linebacker Jameel McClain was lost for the season. Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that the team is considering using that opening for Lewis.

"I think it would be fair," he said.