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Ray Rice isn’t going anywhere

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is tackled by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt during their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Baltimore Reuters

We probably could have told you back in December that the Ravens would use the franchise tag on Ray Rice.

Now we can officially tell you in March that it happened. The Ravens announced the long-anticipated move on Friday. Chris Carr and Lee Evans were also released.

If there were Vegas odds on “Who will hold out the longest?” this offseason, Rice may very well be the favorite. The Ravens usually take care of their best players with long-term deals, but Rice’s contract will be tricky. Rice has intimated he will skip offseason workouts, and the Ravens can probably live with that.

The team knows Rice well enough to know that he’s going to keep himself in fantastic shape whether he’s working out with the team or not in the offseason.

We expect a lot of ink to be spilled this summer about the situation, with a deal finally hammered out before any damage is done.

Rice is the centerpiece of the Ravens offense. That won’t be changing anytime soon.

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39 Responses to “Ray Rice isn’t going anywhere”
  1. hutch119 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:05 PM

    What happens if a player holds out into the season?

  2. donterrelli says: Mar 2, 2012 2:05 PM

    So, he’ll still show up for week 1 and injure himself.

  3. raylewis52 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:07 PM

    The sky is blue. And I am going home after work.

  4. gregeer says: Mar 2, 2012 2:07 PM

    At no point has Rice “intimated that he will skip offseason workouts”, more that he understands that it has been used to make sure he stays long term. After three years of being underpaid and not making any fuss over it I don’t believe he’d hold out.

  5. bighowie79 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:11 PM

    If Rice will be the longest holdout, and he will be signed before any damage is done, are you saying no player will hodout into the regular season?

  6. st1llerz1 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    Get your popcorn kids…this is going to be a great show!! The “team first player” is now skipping off-season workouts.

    And is this the same Lee Evans that crow fans were proclaiming they “stole” from Buffalo and was now going to provide the unibrow with the deep that was the only thing keeping him from being an elite quarterback in the NFL?

    Hope you enjoyed your one year on top of the AFC North. At least you won that Super Bowl in September when you gave Harbaugh the Gatorade bath…..pretenders…..

    GO STEELERS!

  7. thraiderskin says: Mar 2, 2012 2:15 PM

    Well that is good news for the Ravens atleast, I’m not quite sure how you don’t pay this man like the main pillars of your offensive production? Got to respect a tough little guy, with no-quit.

  8. raven410 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:16 PM

    He won’t hold out because he and his agent know that it won’t help anything. As much as I love Ray Rice, if he thinks he’s getting a AP contract..he better be ready to get tagged again next season.

  9. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 2, 2012 2:16 PM

    How can you disrespect a guy like this with the franchise tag. He’s never said a word about his contract,never complained about only getting paid so much for what he does(which is most of the raven O) and so on. It’s pretty sad they couldn’t give him a contract, same with Brees. How can you not get it worked out??

  10. jaltreality says: Mar 2, 2012 2:17 PM

    He should be given a lucrative, multi-year contract. As should Arian Foster. Everyone is quick to rightfully criticize the seemingly selfish players who hold out, cause disruptions, etc. when they’re unhappy with their contracts. But those who outperform their initial contracts and don’t make much of a fuss should be rewarded. Not doing so justifies those who do make a fuss.

  11. egetto says: Mar 2, 2012 2:18 PM

    Spin it all you want, Ravens fans……this will not go well.

  12. eazyian says: Mar 2, 2012 2:19 PM

    I don’t understand holding out. I doubt it creates any leverage at all in the financial talks and it usually decreases production of the player holding out

  13. basballguy says: Mar 2, 2012 2:19 PM

    Bismilah! No! We will not let you go!

  14. sportsinhd says: Mar 2, 2012 2:23 PM

    Running backs have such a short shelf-life these days that I can see more and more teams holding out on the long-term contract for players like Rice. It’s almost like the franchise tag was designed for running backs.

  15. johntonioholmes says: Mar 2, 2012 2:24 PM

    The Ravens would cut Flacco before letting Rice go. There’s no way that they will let 85% of their offense land on another team.

  16. marvsleezy says: Mar 2, 2012 2:27 PM

    Good thing this has been taken care of, if Rice were to skip off season workouts there is no way he could get into shape on his own. His season would be lost. You need to work out with the team, otherwise its not even worth it ;)

  17. braven4evr says: Mar 2, 2012 2:29 PM

    He has been the total team player. He has conducted himself in a total professional manner and represents this organization beautifully! With all of that said “PAY THE MAN!!!!!”

  18. jakek2 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:32 PM

    With all due respect to commenters that will say, “he makes enough, he shouldn’t hold out” or ” don’t be greedy” or “be lucky you get to play a game and I only make $4.25 per hour”, etc., etc….Ray would be the dumbest person on Earth if he didn’t hold out. Running backs career span is short enough. The Ravens are a serious SB contender and their offense lives/dies with Ray. Why would he accept whatever the FT is when he has all the leverage, can wait if he has the fortitude and make 5x that…..thereby setting up his family, kids and grandkids for the rest of their lives in a world that is becoming increasingly more difficult by the day to find a job and live????

  19. ravenschick says: Mar 2, 2012 2:34 PM

    egetto says:
    Mar 2, 2012 2:18 PM
    Spin it all you want, Ravens fans……this will not go well.

    ———————————————

    Yeah, just like the franchise tag didn’t go well with Ngata and Suggs. Oh wait…

  20. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 2, 2012 2:38 PM

    egetto says:
    Mar 2, 2012 2:18 PM
    Spin it all you want, Ravens fans……this will not go well.

    __________________________________

    Your right, last year when they franchise tagged Ngata so that they could get the time to work out a long term deal, that didn’t end well…..
    Oh wait a minute…..

    Rice will not hold out and he will have a new deal by mid July at the latest. It’s not disrespectfull to give a guy 7.7 million dollars to buy yourself some time to work out the details of a long term deal. Rice will get his payday just like Ngata did, the tag simply buys the team some time to work out that deal.

  21. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 2, 2012 2:39 PM

    Whats more disrespectful, allowing your RFA to test the market and see if he can get a better deal elsewhere or not even hold contract negotiations with your best player before slapping the franchise tag on him?

    Colbert > Oz

    Also, with the recent Steelers cuts the Ravens now have the oldest defense in the division. Congrats!

    Love Ray Rice thou.

  22. 7370355q says: Mar 2, 2012 2:44 PM

    It’s funny seeing Steelers fans chirping on here on how the Ravens are in a bad spot with Rice. He is one of the most unselfish and hardest working players on the team, and a deal should get done before training camp begins, even if it doesn’t he’ll still show up just like Ngata did last year. The Steelers can’t even afford to use the franchise tag!

  23. runrickyrun34 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:45 PM

    Those saying this won’t work should really pay attention. Most (if not all) have gotten their contract before the deadline, except for CMac. If you know the cap hit but are still in that gray area with need vs throwing money at a guy right away it actually makes sense. Fill the needs and see what you left to work with. On the flip side it’s a business and Rice has to take care of himself too. “Spin it the way you want” Steeler (or any other) fans, this should work out just fine.

    At least the Ravens can franchise the player they want to keep AND address some needs.

  24. 7370355q says: Mar 2, 2012 2:45 PM

    The Ravens are crumbling.

    Sincerely,

    All Steelers Fans

  25. jamaltimore says: Mar 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    No one is bigger than the Black and Purple. Ray we love you and hope the deal gets worked out but the team can win without you. Hope you show up for another superbowl win.

  26. nodaclu says: Mar 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    How can anything think that Ray Rice is going to hold out longer than DeSean Jackson in Philly? After that mess last season, it wouldn’t shock me if he sits out the entire year.

  27. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 2, 2012 3:08 PM

    @ Steely McBeam

    Ravens D 2011:
    Ray Lewis 36
    Bernard Pollard 27
    Cary Williams 27
    Suggs 29
    Ladarius Webb 26
    Jameel McClain 26
    Ngata 27
    Reed 33
    Double J 30
    Cory Redding 33
    Terrance Cody 23

    Average age 28.8 years, I wouldn’t consider that old.

    Now take into consideration that Cary Williams will likely be replaced by Jimmy Smith (23) Double J will likely be replaced by Paul Kruger (25) and Cory Redding may not be back.

    If that is the oldest defense in the division then I would say the AFC north is doing pretty good….

    Why do people keep saying the Ravens D is old? Is it Steeler fans wishful thinking? Or do they just not think and assume the team is old because Ray is 36?

  28. kaf39 says: Mar 2, 2012 3:12 PM

    Ray will stay

  29. 69finfan says: Mar 2, 2012 3:35 PM

    Actually the sky is not blue. It only appears to be so due to Rayleigh Scattering.

  30. kungfoomoe says: Mar 2, 2012 3:36 PM

    @ Steely McBeam

    to piggy back off noquickreactionshere, if you avg up the ages of the steelers D, its actually older than the ravens D. even w/o counting farrior in there

    face it, you guys have been getting old for a while now, and you haven’t been bringing in the new pieces you needed. whereas the great and powerful Oz has been steadily re-building our D. remember before the season started when everyone thought our CBs would be a weakness?

    yeah, lets try re-calculating here

    …..

    Oz>Colbert

    that looks better

    also, Rice will be in training camp. this just allows both sides to get the best deal. after all, we wouldn’t want to screw up our cap and have to let a good young player go b/c we couldn’t afford to keep him (Wallace)

  31. ravenator says: Mar 2, 2012 3:46 PM

    Ray Rice > Mendenhall

    easily correlates with

    Oz > Colbert

  32. kilo0986 says: Mar 2, 2012 3:56 PM

    Well ravens there goes 85% of your offense Lmao. Maybe you guys should.focus more.on your players than dreaming of getting pure bred steeler.talent like Wallace lol. Oh and heres my impersonation of a ravens fan… HURR RAVENS 0-16 NEXT YEAR DER HURR!

  33. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 2, 2012 3:57 PM

    Ben > Joe

    Colbert > Oz

  34. lilrob10201 says: Mar 2, 2012 4:00 PM

    Pay da man.Ray Rice is not a bad guy and will not be like Chris Johnson and hold out of training camp.

  35. clayton43 says: Mar 2, 2012 4:32 PM

    ok to all the ravenss fans who were blowing the Steelers crap about the salary cap ect ect and letting people go … well you havnt extended Flacco yet and Rice still needs a deal and you dont have alot of cap spacce to play with now … RIce will want more than the franchise tag…. about 2 million a year more… and Flacco wants a big time raise as well… The Ravens will be forced with the same situation as the Steelers…they just took care of it before the Ravens had… so please, stop all the crap about how Ozzie is so much better or the Steelers are going down because they are barely under cap… in the end both teams will be just under cap and you will probably restructure and will also need to let go of some players so please spare everyone

  36. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 2, 2012 4:38 PM

    Love the good solid arguments of:

    This guy Ray Rice divided by Vonte Leach + Z (Torry Smith x Michael Oher) – (Lee Evans + Chris Car + 1/2 Domonique Foxworth).

    I think that is the question

  37. johnnyblumpkin says: Mar 2, 2012 4:53 PM

    Ray Rice is not going anywhere. He may miss OTA’s but he’ll be there for camp come late July. The new CBA has some huge fines built in if you start sitting out. He could wait till week 10 to come back and earn his year of playing credit but the fines would add up to more than the $7.7M franchise paycheck.
    The franchise tag was put on him because the Ravens and his agent are too far apart in contract negotiations. Ray and his agent want AP/CJ money and the Ravens aren’t foolish enough to spend that type of cash. I’m not sure any back is worth that these days. Has there been a bigger devaluation of a position in football the last decade? There might be only one one RB drafted in the first round this year.
    The Ravens have all the leverage in this one. Ray will make great bucks next year ($7.7M) but he’d do better by working out a reasonable long term contract. Every time he steps out on the field he risks getting hurt and losing it all.

  38. 6thsense79 says: Mar 3, 2012 12:05 AM

    johnnyblumpkin says:Mar 2, 2012 4:53 PM

    Ray Rice is not going anywhere. He may miss OTA’s but he’ll be there for camp come late July. The new CBA has some huge fines built in if you start sitting out. He could wait till week 10 to come back and earn his year of playing credit but the fines would add up to more than the $7.7M franchise paycheck.
    The franchise tag was put on him because the Ravens and his agent are too far apart in contract negotiations. Ray and his agent want AP/CJ money and the Ravens aren’t foolish enough to spend that type of cash. I’m not sure any back is worth that these days. Has there been a bigger devaluation of a position in football the last decade? There might be only one one RB drafted in the first round this year.
    The Ravens have all the leverage in this one. Ray will make great bucks next year ($7.7M) but he’d do better by working out a reasonable long term contract. Every time he steps out on the field he risks getting hurt and losing it all.
    —————————–
    One problem and please someone correct me if I’m wrong if Rice chooses not to sign the Franchise tender why would he be getting fined up to week 10? He’s already played out his current contract so technically he would not be under contract with the Ravens. How can a team fine someone who is not even under contract?

  39. ahostiletakeover says: Mar 3, 2012 7:16 AM

    I’m sorry but if he was in camp with bells and whistles from day 1 last year making less than 600k, then he’ll at least sign this tag to make 7.7 mil this year and be there day 1 again. The term gets thrown around a lot, but Ray is a true class act. Chris Johnson he is not…

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