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Report: No progress between Ravens, Ray Rice

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Not so fast on that report about progress between the Ravens and free agent running back Ray Rice.

Contrary to the Baltimore Sun report that the two sides are making progress toward a long-term contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that while the Ravens and Rice are talking, they have not made any progress toward a new deal.

If Rice doesn’t agree to a long-term deal by July 16, he will surely sign the franchise tender and play the 2012 season on the one-year tender, which is a guaranteed base salary of $7.7 million. But Rice could decide to skip training camp and not sign that tender until the start of the regular season if he grows frustrated by the lack of progress.

All indications are that Rice wants a big-time contract. In February Peter King reported that Rice wants an Adrian Peterson-like contract, which would mean a seven-year, $100 million contract with $36 million guaranteed and $40 million in the first three years. More recently reports have said Rice is seeking $10 million a year, which is more than LeSean McCoy just got from the Eagles.

If that’s what Rice is asking for, it’s no surprise that the sides have made no progress. Realistically, the Ravens just aren’t going to pay Rice the kind of money he’s reportedly seeking. It’s a bad time to be a free agent running back in the NFL, and Rice is finding that out.

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27 Responses to “Report: No progress between Ravens, Ray Rice”
  1. ravenmuscle says: May 21, 2012 5:30 PM

    The little turd will take what Ozzie offers him and like it.

  2. rocketcrab says: May 21, 2012 5:34 PM

    I would rather believe the reporting closer to the ground than from that smack Schefter. He just annoys the living crap out of me.

  3. blacknole08 says: May 21, 2012 5:34 PM

    He’s nuts if he thinks he is worth Adrian Peterson money. Hell, Peterson isn’t even worth that much. The Ravens can’t afford to break the bank for Rice if they want to keep Joe Flacco. So much drama coming out of Ravens camp this off-season.

  4. rcampore says: May 21, 2012 5:43 PM

    You really know it’s the offseason when you have to fill your football blog with conflicting reports every few hours.

  5. Steeley McBeam says: May 21, 2012 5:46 PM

    Take your sweet sweet time Ray.

  6. blackgallagher says: May 21, 2012 5:49 PM

    I hope the Ravens lock him up with a long term deal but in all seriousness the dude isn’t deserving of an AP-like contract. I could say that no HB is.

  7. steelymcbeam6 says: May 21, 2012 5:58 PM

    Idk why the ravens are dragging their feet on this deal. Ray rice received 36.7% of the ravens offensive touches last year! That is a huge chunk of their offensive.

  8. seeptermean says: May 21, 2012 5:59 PM

    Report: Baltimore Sun loses credibility

  9. jagsfanugh says: May 21, 2012 5:59 PM

    Dude needs to understand that rb isn’t that important anymore. He is one of the best but big deal.

  10. iced107 says: May 21, 2012 6:04 PM

    The dude is 40% of their offense..everything pretty much runs through him.

    We saw what happened when you take the ball out of rice’s hand and put the game on Flacco..not pretty.

    Given that RB’s for the most part have a short shelf life in the NFL, don’t blame the guy at all. Its not like he hasn’t earned the payday..Don’t know about $10 million a year though’.

    Although he is the best offensive player for the ravens, I would imagine 7-8 million a year is reasonable for his talent and skill level.

  11. joeyd524 says: May 21, 2012 6:24 PM

    No rice = no playoffs it’s that simple..

  12. santolonius says: May 21, 2012 6:28 PM

    if you took the best 20 running backs in the nfl and shook them up in a jar, i think you could pull out any one of them and have just as good a chance in a given year of finding the best one as if you if you studied their stats or where their contract ranks among the others. walter payton, emmitt smith, barry sanders… i think those days are gone.

  13. reed20fence says: May 21, 2012 6:33 PM

    We have Cameron to thank for this non-sense. A QB who thinks he’s all that. And a RB that, albeit is way above-average, wants break-the-bank kind of money.

    All the dinking-and-dunking Flacco does relying on pocket Zeus (Hercules was taken) to make something out of nothing falsely inflates Flacco’s dispicable stats.

    And had the O had some semblence of a down-the-field strategy then Little Ray’s stats wouldn’t be where they are either.

    If I was given a choice, I’d make Ray happy first.

  14. watermelon1 says: May 21, 2012 7:20 PM

    Who cares about Rice? They have “the best quarterback in the league!” haha. But seriously… Rice isn’t worth a huge contract. Any running back could get his numbers when they are the QBs first option on almost all drop backs.

    If the ravens took my advice and traded him for two first rounders after his first “breakout” season… They’d be on much better shape right now. And they could have kept the much better all-around back in McGahee.

    Anyway, they’ve got a brutal schedule this year. That division is only sending one team to the playoffs this year. Those division game are going to be even more important than usual.

  15. bikelikemike says: May 21, 2012 7:37 PM

    @blacknole08: I’d give up Flacco in a heartbeat. There are ten available QB’s out there now who would make him look like a joke. Rice is at least one of the top 5 RB’s in the league. I’d pay Rice 80% what he’s asking- ta hell w/ Flacco.

  16. lovefootball4life says: May 21, 2012 7:41 PM

    Well who do you believe. The Baltimore Sun citing “sources close to the negotiations” or Schefter with his tweet “per a source”. A tweet is hardly a report.

  17. bikelikemike says: May 21, 2012 7:42 PM

    Maybe the Pats can get him for 5M? I’d think he’d like to win the next SB or two.

  18. forthelove says: May 21, 2012 7:45 PM

    I know I’ll get slammed for saying this, but in terms of impact on the offense the dude is worth more Flacco. Contract numbers won’t play out that way but it’s true.

  19. steelymcbeam6 says: May 21, 2012 8:05 PM

    No one should slam you for that forthelove. It’s absolutely correct. No defense schemes for flacco. As rice and their defense goes, so do the ravens.

  20. billhicks666 says: May 21, 2012 8:21 PM

    watermelon1 says:

    “And they could have kept the much better all-around back in McGahee.”

    That’s so absurd, it’s funny.

  21. qj1984 says: May 21, 2012 9:01 PM

    steelymcbeam6 says: May 21, 2012 8:05 PM

    No one should slam you for that forthelove. It’s absolutely correct. No defense schemes for flacco. As rice and their defense goes, so do the ravens.

    Perhaps that’s why he drove 92 yards to beat your Steelers at Heinz field for the second year in a row. I bet the Steelers won’t make the mistake of not scheming for him again. Then again, I sure hope they do.

  22. blacknole08 says: May 21, 2012 9:16 PM

    bikelikemike says: May 21, 2012 7:37 PM

    @blacknole08: I’d give up Flacco in a heartbeat. There are ten available QB’s out there now who would make him look like a joke. Rice is at least one of the top 5 RB’s in the league. I’d pay Rice 80% what he’s asking- ta hell w/ Flacco.

    ————————————————

    So you are gonna give up an annual spot in the playoffs where you will win at least one playoff game? Because that’s what Flacco has done since he has been in Baltimore. Whether you realize it or not, Flacco is just as important as Ray Rice to the Ravens success.

  23. mojosmagic says: May 21, 2012 9:24 PM

    He isn’t as good as McCoy.

  24. nflpasux says: May 21, 2012 10:50 PM

    Amazing stupidity of NFL fans. No other QB in NFL history has taken his team to the playoffs every season in his first 4.

    Rice is certainly a good all-around back, and hopefully, for the Ravens, can be kept for another few seasons. But Rice can be replaced without too much difficulty, while the Ravens offense would be dead without Flacco.

  25. steelymcbeam6 says: May 21, 2012 11:05 PM

    Perhaps that’s why he drove 92 yards to beat your Steelers at Heinz field for the second year in a row. I bet the Steelers won’t make the mistake of not scheming for him again. Then again, I sure hope they do.

    So expect dick labeau to now switch all his focus to flacco because of one drive? Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. That offense runs through rice, hes the focus of every defense.

  26. johnnyb1976 says: May 21, 2012 11:19 PM

    Pittsburg and Wallace, Baltimore and Rice, Cleveland and…. Well never mind. Cincinnati with a great draft and everybody on board( except for Moch ) is enjoying watching all the turmoil in the division. Have fun looking up at the Bengals this season AFCN. WHO DEY!!

  27. billhicks666 says: May 22, 2012 12:05 AM

    steelymcbeam6 says:

    “…Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then….”

    That’s right. Any success achieved against the Steelers was simply luck. Revisionist History 101, Steelers-Fan style.

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