Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 7/12/12
July 16 is the official deadline for Ray Rice to sign his "franchise tag" contract with the Ravens. But what if, like Drew Brees with the Saints, Ray refuses to sign?Ray Rice is active in the Baltimore community conducting anti-bullying workshops for kids and teachers while his contract drama plays out...While the Ravens sat out the supplemental draft, the Ray Rice question hangs over the Baltimore football fan base like a grey rain cloud.Wide receiver Josh Gordon was the only player taken in the supplemental draft, as the Cleveland Browns gave up a second-round pick in 2013 to acquire the former Baylor 6-foot-3 product. Baltimore has only made one supplemental draft pick in team history, taking tackle Jared Gaither in 2007.So there was no hoped-for diversion from the Ray Rice dilemma. The Ravens and Rice have until 4 P.M. on Monday, July 16, 2012, to work out a new long-term contract. If that deadline passes without a new deal in place, then Rice and the Ravens will have to wait un...
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