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Tag day is here for Ravens, Rice


Tag day is here for Ravens, Rice

The countdown for Ray Rice to land a contract extension is down to the final hours.

The Pro Bowl running back has until Monday at 4 p.m. to agree to terms with the Ravens.

If no deal is struck, Rice will play for the Ravens in 2012 under the franchise-tag designation, earning 7.7 million on a one-year tender. The two sides would then try again to strike a deal in 2013, with the Ravens holding the option of putting the franchise tag on Rice for a second year.

Rice, who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2011, is one of a handful of high-profile franchise players facing Mondays deadline. Others include New England wide receiver Wes Welker and Chicago running back Matt Forte.

Neither the Ravens nor Rices agent have publicly commented on the negotiations in recent weeks, but several media reports have characterized the sides as far apart and unlikely to strike a deal.

It has been reported that Rice wants a deal that would put him in the top tier of running backs along with Minnesotas Adrian Peterson (seven years, 100 million) and Tennessees Chris Johnson (four years, 53 million), while the Ravens envision him more in the second tier with Houstons Arian Foster (five years, 43.5 million) and Philadelphias LeSean McCoy (five years, 45 million).

Either way, Rice would become one of the highest-paid running backs in the game.

Here is what is at stake today:

If Rice signs by 4 p.m.:

He would earn more than 20 million in guaranteed salary and possibly 25 million or more, as opposed to the 7.7 million he would make as a franchise player in 2012.

The Ravens would lock up the longterm services of their offensive engine, who has generated more than 6,600 yards of rushing and receiving yards in four seasons.

The Ravens would eliminate the distraction of wondering whether Rice would miss part of training camp, as is his right as a franchise player.

If Rice doesnt sign today:
He might only play one more year for the Ravens, depending on how the negotiations go next year and whether he hits the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

He has the option of not signing his tender, skipping training camp and the exhibition season and not joining the team until the regular season begins; franchise players cant be fined for holding out before the season.

The Ravens could find themselves in the position of seeing three of their cornerstone players (Rice, quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Ed Reed) simultaneously reach unrestricted free agency after the 2012 season.

Rice runs the risk of getting injured in 2012 season and seeing his value drop.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.