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Tag day is here for Ravens, Rice

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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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