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Clayton: 'Ominous' lack of progress on Rice deal

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Clayton: 'Ominous' lack of progress on Rice deal

With the clock ticking toward Mondays deadline for the Ravens and Ray Rice to reach a long-term deal before the franchise tag takes effect, ESPNs John Clayton says that there has been an ominous lack of progress toward a deal.

Deadlines haved a tendency to make things happen Drew Brees, who also had the franchise tag, and the Saints reached a deal Friday but all indications are the Ravens and Rice are not nearing a deal with just about 48 hours to go.

Not much happened this week," Clayton said of negotiations between the Ravens and Rice's agent, Todd France, "and thats a little ominous to try and get something done.

If Rice and the Ravens cannot reach a deal by Monday, he will make about 7.7 million while playing under the franchise tag.

According to Clayton, Rice is seeking a deal worth more than 9 million a year.

Houstons Arian Foster and Philadelphias LeSean McCoy have helped set the market for Rice and Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte who is also up against the franchise tag deadline. Foster signed a five-year, 43.5 million extension this offseason, and McCoy signed a five-year deal worth about 46.6 million. Both deals involve more than 20 million in guaranteed money, and Rice is expected to command a deal worth at least as much.

What remains to be seen is what, if any, fallout occurs if no deal is reached.

Sports Illustrateds Chris Burke noted that, Rice appears willing to sit out camp, and possibly beyond, if the Ravens dont step up. This situation has the most potential to disrupt a playoff contender.

Clayton said the Ravens have a little bit of a history of not going to the very top in paying a running back.

Are they willing to make the jump to 9 million? If so, something will get done, Clayton said. If not, then probably not.

Rice has stayed mum on negotiations throughout. Speaking at an anti-bullying event he hosted Friday night, Rice said, Im always optimistic. God has put me in a position where not too many people can say theyve been. I never played for the dollars and all of that other stuff. My rookie contract, quite frankly, you just signed it and go play football so this is a little bit difference of an experience for me.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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