Found February 20, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Ray RiceJoe Flacco
TEAMS: Baltimore Ravens
Negotiations may get complicated, but the Ravens will find a way to keep star running back and quarterbackIt's official now. The Ravens are on the clock to either sign running back Ray Rice to a contract extension or designate him the franchise player by March 5th. Otherwise, they'd have to allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. But there is no need to panic. Rice will remain in Baltimore, one way or the other. The Ravens are expected to meet with the agent for Joe Flacco this week to eventually sign their franchise quarterback, who has one year remaining on his current deal, to a long term deal. There s no need to sweat that one, either.

Rice, Ravens unlikely to reach agreement soon on new contract

It’s a foregone conclusion that Ravens running back Ray Rice will be playing in Baltimore again next fall, but all signs seem to be pointing towards a protracted and elongated negotiation between the two sides, with the franchise tag likely to be used in the process. According to Jeff Zrebiec and Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are expected to place the tag on Rice...

Ray Rice heading towards the franchise tag

Today is the first day that NFL teams have the ability to apply the franchise tag to players. Each team is only allowed one franchise tag, which locks up a select player in a one year contract. One of the big name free agents-to-be is Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice, coming off of his fourth year in the league, would be the hottest running back free agent should he not sign...

Rice Wants Peterson Money, Likely Won’t get it

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is seeking a contract that would net him somewhere in the neighborhood of seven-years, $100 million, the same contract Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson signed for last year. Rice, 25, will most likely be slapped with the team’s franchise tag this month in order to keep him from [...]

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco Doesn’t Deserve Top 5 QB Salary

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wants to receive elite earnings—among the top five highest-paid players at his position. The 6-6, 245-pound signal-caller has completed 1,190 of 1,958 passes (60.8 percentage) for 13,816 yards with 80 touchdowns to 46 interceptions in four seasons with the Ravens since being drafted 18th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. “If the game is about...

Ray Rice Headlines Strong Group of Free Agent Running Backs, Peyton Hillis Might Fit With Patriots in Right Situation

Editor's note: Jeff Howe will preview each position in free agency every day through Feb. 28. This edition highlights the running backs. The Patriots have been in a consistent transitional period at running back for several seasons, and it could continue in some fashion in 2012. In the last two years, the Patriots have parted with Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris...

Rice wants Peterson-type money

PFT: Running back Ray Rice will be an unrestricted free agent next month, and he's looking for a contract similar to Adrian Peterson's 7-year, $100 million deal.

7 free agents that could change NFL landscape

When we think of the NFL offseason, the draft is often the first thing that comes to mind. That shouldn't necessarily be the case. Draft picks often take two or even three years to make a significant impact while free agents can make or break a team in just one year. Don't believe me? Just take a look at the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles for proof. Here are seven free agents that...

Ravens' pursuit of new deal with Ray Rice starts now

Monday is the first day NFL teams can place franchise tag on 1 unrestricted free agentMonday is the first day NFL teams can place franchise tag on 1 unrestricted free agent

Ray Rice wants to make Adrian Peterson money

According to Peter King of, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is looking to get paid like Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Last September Peterson signed a seven-year $100 million deal, which is way more then the Ravens are willing to pay Rice. King mentioned that the Ravens really want to re-sign Rice, but not for that kind of money and they’ll likely slap the...

Who should get tagged?

In Segment 1 of PFT Live, Mike Florio discusses whether Drew Brees and Ray Rice will be given the franchise tag and suggests a modification in that regard for offensive linemen. 

Is Portis a viable possibility?

Even though he signed a two-year contract, this season’s backup running back, Ricky Williams, retired earlier this month. That leaves the Ravens with inexperienced backs behind Ray Rice. The two running backs behind Rice, who is a free agent, on the roster are Anthony Allen and Damien Berry. Allen was action in five games this season, totaling three carries for eight yards. All...

Differences expected in franchise designation

Some players are accepting of the franchise tag, which could start being implemented on Monday, but others, like Cliff Avril of the Lions and Ravens running back Ray Rice, are adamant they want the security of a long-term deal anchored by a huge signing bonus. Let the discussion and dissent begin once again.

It’s an easy year to avoid overpaying running backs

The best free agent running backs aren’t going anywhere. The rest of the free agent running backs aren’t too inspiring. Perhaps this is the year where NFL teams realize you don’t need to overpay runners in free agency. Ray Rice, Matt Forte, and Marshawn Lynch are all expected to remain with their current teams under…

Ravens May Not Be Able to Afford Both Ray Rice and Ben Grubbs

In one of the most anticipated off-seasons in a very long time due to a record number of free agents in 2012, and many of those being high profile players looking for big money contracts, the anticipation leading up to March 13 is becoming palpable with rumors swirling about players and teams showing their cards by who they decide, or don't decide, to franchise. One of the sought...
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