Running back Ray Rice spent some time with his Ravens teammates this weekend on an athletic field.
It wasn’t a football field, though. Rice joined many other Ravens at a charity softball game organized by cornerback Lardarius Webb. Rice told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that he missed being around his teammates, but wasn’t worried that missing offseason workouts would hurt him once the season rolls around.
“I miss it,” Rice said. “That’s one thing you miss is the camaraderie with the guys. As far as playing football, I know I’m always going to be up to speed. The best thing about my situation is that we have the same offensive coordinator. I miss the camaraderie. It’s sort of like the lockout last year. I know the guys are working hard.”
Rice’s familiarity with the offense certainly makes it easier to go without him at this point in the offseason. The question going forward is how long they’ll have to go without their top back.
Rice said that he’s letting his agent take care of the business side of things while he stays in shape. The Ravens and Rice have until July 16th to work out a new deal and there haven’t been any signs that one is right around the corner. The franchise tag would pay Rice $7.7 million for the 2012 season.