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08:08 AM ET 04.17 | Joe Flacco reportedly attended the first day of the Baltimore Ravens' voluntary conditioning program. Flacco remains in contract discussions with the Ravens, but isn't close to a deal. ... The Ravens have a tight salary-cap situation, approximately $1.878 million under the NFL limit. Meanwhile, Pro Bowl running back and franchise player Ray Rice isn't attending the workouts. Like Flacco, Rice isn't close to a contract. He has yet to sign his $7.742 million franchise tender. Rice has no plans to show up without a new deal, which is a common stance for unsigned franchise players. "To all college athletes getting ready to enter the NFL just remember the business side of the league is rough #fact," Rice wrote on his Twitter account.

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April 17, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Reason being, if he gets hurt next season, he's doomed.

April 17, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Rice has no plans to show up without a new deal, which is a common stance for unsigned franchise players.


Making this thread (along with any thread about Brees not showing up) meaningless.

April 17, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Flacco or bust!

April 17, 2012  08:25 AM ET

I can't remember a year when the Ravens weren't having cap problems.

April 17, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Reason being, if he gets hurt next season, he's doomed.

He will sign that tender. He has no choice. He at least will have 7+ guaranteed in his account.

April 17, 2012  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Rice has no plans to show up without a new deal, which is a common stance for unsigned franchise players. Making this thread (along with any thread about Brees not showing up) meaningless.

There are very few meaningful NFL stories this time of year, just much ado about nothing.

April 17, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He will sign that tender. He has no choice. He at least will have 7+ guaranteed in his account.

Yeah. Running backs just don't last very long. If he can negotiate a long-term deal with guarantees, fine, but if not he needs to take the money and hope he has a good season, so he can get more next year.

Part of having a good season is starting early, coming to camp in shape, and working to get in sync with the offense from Day 1. Look at how much Chris Johnson sucked after his holdout.

April 17, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He will sign that tender. He has no choice. He at least will have 7+ guaranteed in his account.

True. Just trying to give substance to his stance.

April 17, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

True. Just trying to give substance to his stance.

I can think of only ONE player who actually carried through on the threat. ONE. Barry Sanders.
They all say it, but they have no choice. Play or retire.

April 17, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I can't remember a year when the Ravens weren't having cap problems.

They are typically saddled by a few fat contracts on defense, but now they have to start paying some offensive players big money, too. When Reed and Lewis are done, maybe it will provide some brief cap relief.

April 17, 2012  08:55 AM ET

This story could be written about any team in the NFL, at this time of the year..

April 17, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Another hold out? *YAWN*

April 17, 2012  09:17 AM ET

You want me to play this year for 7 million dollars? No, no way I gotta think about my future, I mean how long is 7 million gonna last me? What 5 or 6 months? That equates to something around $30 an hour right? I don't know I went to Rutgers and thats in Jersey so you know schooling ain't my strong suit. Give me my money man, 7 million pfft.

April 17, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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You want me to play this year for 7 million dollars? No, no way I gotta think about my future, I mean how long is 7 million gonna last me? What 5 or 6 months? That equates to something around $30 an hour right? I don't know I went to Rutgers and thats in Jersey so you know schooling ain't my strong suit. Give me my money man, 7 million pfft.

Lol

April 17, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Problem is the Ravens have held themselves hostage with this as well. At least the Bears had the forethought to grab Michael Bush, so if Fortes demands aren't reasonable they do have a plan B. Granted its not as good as plan A, but it's passable.

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April 17, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Tough situation. Flacco better start begging him to get into camp because he's sucking without him.

April 17, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Tough situation. Flacco better start begging him to get into camp because he's sucking without him.

Ah let him hold out. Ravens should use their 2nd rd pick on Lamar Miller or David Wilson or Doug Martin. Give Rice some incentive to get in there, let him know he is a RB and in todays league he is replaceable. I'd be very weary about giving a RB big money anyways... Chris Johnson last year, Larry Johnson, Shaun Alexander, etc. Probably more than any other position do guys get that big money and stop contributing.

April 17, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Ray will report...how could he pass up being in a backfield with the self-proclaimed "best QB in the league"?

 
April 17, 2012  10:23 AM ET

Hey Rice, feel free to hold out as long as you want... and take it in to the season, that will make it nice and easy for Pittsburgh this year!! I'm sure fans in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Cleveland are all on your side right now!!

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