Ravens RB Rice Needs a New Deal; Set to Hit Free Agency in 2012

The Ravens run game is clearly built around Ray Rice, and the back is set to end the final year about his rookie contract, something he has to be thinking about as the 2011 season gets rolling.

Rice is set to earn just $550,000 this season and become a free agent at the end of the year. The past two seasons he has become one of the best in the game, averaging 119.3 yards from scrimmage, which is second only to Tennessee’s Chris Johnson.

“You start to think about where you want to play long-term,” Rice said. “I don’t see why I wouldn’t want to stay in Baltimore. I’ve done right by them. I’m hoping one day that we’re all right for each other and make it a long-term deal.”

The Ravens, once the lockout ends, have plenty of work to do when it comes to current players. While Rice is on the list of players to deal with, the yalso have to get defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who received the franchise tag this year, inked and also quarterback Joe Flacco is going to looking to get a new deal as well.

Bottom line, Rice needs to be dealt with or will command top dollar on the market at the end of the season.

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