The Baltimore Ravens and star running back Ray Rice remain far apart on a new contract. Rice has refused to sign the team’s franchise tender and is asking for a big time contract that would pay him around the $30 million that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Titans running back Chris Johnson have received.
When a Ravens team official spoke to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, they made it clear that the kind of money Rice is asking for simply won’t happen.
“This holdout could end in training camp, if then,” Paolantonio said on NFL Live. “He wants Adrian Peterson money. He would like to have Chris Johnson money, which means about $30 million guaranteed. And I was told by a Ravens team official, a senior official, ‘That is simply not going to happen.'”
With the two sides remaining so far apart and communication minimal between the two, it seems like an extended holdout is in the books unless one of the two sides caves in to the others demands. That doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon.
If Rice holds out for a lengthy period, that will be a disaster for the Ravens who need Rice to carry the load for the offense.