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Ray Rice is not signed, but John Harbaugh is not concerned

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Ravens running back Ray Rice remains unsigned as the team’s franchise player, but coach John Harbaugh says there’s no doubt in his mind that Rice will be capable of contributing as soon as he shows up.

Harbaugh said on NFL Total Access that he’s not worried at all about Rice being prepared to play.

“It’s the business of football,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t worry about Ray Rice.”

The business of football means that Rice wants a long-term contract that pays him in the range of what the highest-paid running backs in football make, but all indications are that the Ravens are not willing to pay Rice anything like the contracts that Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson got last year. Rice probably won’t get the contract he wants and will likely end up signing the one-year franchise tender for a guaranteed base salary of $7.7 million in 2012.

Even if Rice doesn’t sign until after training camp, however, Harbaugh thinks he’ll be the same old Ray Rice in time for Week One.

“Ray will be ready to go when the season starts, he’ll be in shape and he’ll be Ray Rice,” Harbaugh said. “He’s one of the hardest-working guys, and I have complete trust in Ray.”

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27 Responses to “Ray Rice is not signed, but John Harbaugh is not concerned”
  1. sucram619 says: May 29, 2012 7:04 AM

    Most backs nowadays rnt worth the money but with flacco still throwing balls for the ravens they neeeeeed ray rice back there or they can watch the steelers/bengals take over that division

  2. 49erstim says: May 29, 2012 7:27 AM

    I think history has shown us that protracted hold-outs or not being in camp severely hurts backs and receivers. Just look at last year…nobody had an NFL Offseason program and look at those pulled hammys and the like. I’m not telling Ray Rice how to do his job. He deserves elite RB money. These 2 sides need to get this done before camp.

  3. vasteelerfan says: May 29, 2012 7:42 AM

    Give him the money! A player to respect for his effort on every down. He is the balance of the offense.

  4. cooklynn17 says: May 29, 2012 8:02 AM

    Really John?

    And without Ray Rice, nobody is concerned about the Ravens winning the division.

  5. vincentbojackson says: May 29, 2012 8:17 AM

    Probably won’t go this far, but Rice has a lot of leverage as long as he’s willing to dig his heels in.

    The Ravens already lost their best defensive player, he has to know they can’t afford to lose their best offensive player too and still contend in that division.

  6. proftblfn says: May 29, 2012 8:25 AM

    Same old Ravens, worrying about pinching pennies when the window for Ed and Ray is closing shut

  7. nflofficeadmin says: May 29, 2012 8:30 AM

    Murphy’s law dictates that Rice will blow his knee or achilles out this year while playing under the franchise tender.

  8. geezohman says: May 29, 2012 8:58 AM

    heres some intitive to get moving… better watch out the Browns have a new QB !

    lol, lol. No doubt the Ravens will be tough this year.

    Will be a great year, Steelers with a new OC, some fresh blood on defense.

    Browns are lovin their new RB and QB. Cincy coming back with their QB.

    Will be a great 6 games for each team ! CAN”T WAIT !

  9. fsf7 says: May 29, 2012 9:20 AM

    Ray Rice would do well to recognize the trend of NFL running backs – teams just won’t pay the level they want. He’s not going to get all he wants – but he’ll get a quality paycheck.

    What he shouldn’t do is play. Not until he gets a deal with a nice signing bonus in hand. When it comes to RBs – moreso than other positions – doing the “right thing” hurts the player more than it does any other position. RBs have a limited career expectancy – Rice will use up one of those years if he signs the 1 year tender.

    The Ravens will not and should not pay him Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson like money. But he should be given a very good deal. Forte passed on a quality contract last year and is not getting anything better now, despite being 26. Rice should bring his price down, and get a contract that which is extremely likely it is seen all the way through – thus collecting all of it. Better that than a deal that is all kinds of big money but if he’s cut, its all off the books.

  10. marshmont says: May 29, 2012 9:23 AM

    teams have a budget. players consider money as respect. there is just so much respect to go around. if rice ends up leaving ,so be it. rice has the opportunity to sign. i’m firmly in the teams corner. go ravens….

  11. Steeler's Will says: May 29, 2012 9:40 AM

    @geezohman…POST OF THE DAY!

    RR will play and it will be a great season in the AFCN. The Ravens are smart, and will NOT overpay him. Make no mistake though, they know how valuable he is.

  12. st1llerz1 says: May 29, 2012 9:44 AM

    Those are the words of a coach that knows he has the best quarterback in the NFL just waiting to pick up the slack when the Rice holdout continues into the regular season….

    As the Nest Burns….this year’s next great soap opera.

    GO STEELERS!

  13. ravenmuscle says: May 29, 2012 9:45 AM

    The Steelers are old and washed up…Polamalu and LITTLE ben are has beens.

    The Ravens will DESTROY the Bungals and Stoolers just like last year.

    Dalton was a fluke

    and we all know Flacco is a pro bowl quarterback while LITTLE ben and Dalton are wannabees.

    America’s team…RAVEN NATION

  14. sliceanddic3 says: May 29, 2012 9:51 AM

    Its so funny how the media (and Steeler fans) twist and turn peoples views. Jamie Dukes (NFLN) and Skip Bayless (ESPN) both hate on Flacco constently. When ALL he has done is win football games and prove he can win. Remember the Steeler game in Pit where he drove 92 yards to beat the nasty Steeler D? Or when he outplayed Tom Brady in the AFCCG? He deserves a lot more credit then he gets all cause this damn media turns everything he says into “I’m the best QB in the league”. And everyone who follows ESPN and NFLN and just goes by what they say and they dont really know what their talking about is patallhetic. Do some research yourself ya slimy dirtball. Good day.

  15. kingcarlbanks says: May 29, 2012 10:14 AM

    Question, say RR signs the tender, doesn’t get a long term deal done during the season and has a great season. Do you tag him again or give him the AP/CJ money?

  16. ottograham says: May 29, 2012 10:27 AM

    Ray Rice is not signed, but Harbaugh is not concerned.
    Ed Reed may retire, but Harbaugh is not concerned.
    Suggs may miss half the season or more, but Harbaugh is not concerned.

    ……… Looks like Ngata and Lewis are the only ones in for the long haul… Oh and Webb who most Raven fans have dubbed the second coming of Champ Bailey. Hardly.

  17. londonbengal says: May 29, 2012 10:41 AM

    One of the most priceless images of last season for me was the look of disbelief on Ray Rice’s face when Cundiff missed that kick against the Pats.

    You better get this thing done Ravens, because you ain’t half the team you think you are without Rice.

  18. erod22 says: May 29, 2012 12:07 PM

    Running backs are a dime a dozen. Every team has a good running back to two.

    That is, except for a few exceptions in the league. Rice is on of those few.

  19. pappyjoe69 says: May 29, 2012 12:13 PM

    Hey, ravenmuscle, the Steelers got alot younger over the off-season. Polamalu will be there, where will Ed Reed be? I’ll still take Big Ben over Joe Flacco any day. Andy Dalton is the real deal – believe it! Without Ed Reed, Ray Rice and Terrell Suggs out, the only thing the Ravens will destroy is their reputation.

  20. dontstabmeray says: May 29, 2012 12:22 PM

    Ravens better pay him……..or they will score a total of 12 points the entire season.

  21. steelcityrapist says: May 29, 2012 12:28 PM

    Dalton a fluke…..lol. funny.
    How did flacco do at the pro bowl? ?
    Oh wait ….he wasnt there!
    Rice isnt going anywhere! I would’nt worry!

  22. jaketaylor145 says: May 29, 2012 12:42 PM

    rice is staying, its a mistake though, backs are the biggest waste of money in the nfl today. Its a passing league

  23. holeinone09 says: May 29, 2012 12:47 PM

    Some facts:

    Reed is getting older and is moaning about not playing already.

    Lewis is getting older and had a big injury late last season.

    Suggs is out.

    Rice is not signed to a LT contract.

    Flaccid is the self-proclaimed best QB in the league, and who constantly needs his coach to stroke his ego.

    Sounds like some trouble in Ravens land at very key positions, no matter how you want to try to sugarcoat it.

  24. ravenator says: May 29, 2012 1:45 PM

    Cant help but laugh at all the Raven haters. RR will be signed soon now, and steeler fans, your team was Tebowd by Sanchez backup QB, reallll impressive. Are their fans for real? Its pathetic the excuses their fans make, really.

  25. mikeknowsfb says: May 29, 2012 2:33 PM

    John’s not worried because he has the BEST quarterback in the NFL.

  26. lovefootball4life says: May 29, 2012 2:34 PM

    Funny how rivals, Steeler fans mostly, want to point out all the flaws reported in the news as critical that will destroy the team. EVERY team has issues. Let’s not forget the “issues” reported between Ben and OC, or Wallace likely will hold out, or no depth at running back, or the loss of key defense players or the youth at O line which can be a problem. You could also say those are Steeler team critical issues. Truth is they are problems but perennial contenders know how to manage through problems. We should be focusing on Bengals – that’s the sleeper in AFCN that scares me.

  27. hard2getausername says: May 29, 2012 2:35 PM

    Just like Titans RB Chris Johnson was able to start contributing right away?

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