Originally posted on Player Perspective  |  Last updated 6/3/12
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Ray Rice and Roger Goodell at DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx on May 30th

The Carroll County Times caught up with Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice at Lardarius Webb’s charity softball game and asked him what it feels like to be back with his teammates who were competing against each other (O Vs. D). Ray had this to say:

“I miss it,” Rice said when asked about not being around his teammates on a regular basis. “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. I’m just happy to be out here with these guys.”

Under NFL rules, the Ravens have until July 16 to negotiate a new deal for Rice. Otherwise, he’ll play this season under a $7.742 million franchise tag.

“Honestly, I just let my agent take care of all of that stuff,” Rice said. “My job, I just stay in shape and come out on days like this. I know the business side will always take care of itself.

 And speaking of the business side, I don’t know why fans have to be so rude to players about contract stuff. Oh wait yes I do. Owners are in sports business, players are just having fun with football – that’s the mentality that seems to prevail. But Rice knows how to shut a ***** down without working up a sweat or coming out of character.  BOOM. ROASTED.
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