Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 2/20/12

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Around Baltimore there has been so much focus on quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract, that we’ve not been putting time in to realize that running back Ray Rice is an unrestricted free agent starting March 13. Clearly Rice is the most important player on the Ravens’ offense. Rice finished second in the NFL in rushing with 1,364 yards and led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 2,068. That’s not a guy you let leave town. However, he is a running back and running backs reach a certain and their production quickly falls off. Rice, 25, isn’t quite at that age yet. The problem here is Rice wants a big contract. According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, Rice wants his contract in the Adrian Peterson range (seven years, $100 million). Within that contract is a $36 million guarantee and $40 million in the first three seasons. Rice probably won’t get this type of deal from the Ravens. That’s entirely too much money for a running back. Instead, it looks like the Ravens will place the ...
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