Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been absent from team workouts early this offseason but he has told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that, while he misses being with his teammates, he isn’t worried that missing the workouts will slow him down once the season starts.
“I miss it,” Rice said. “That’s one thing you miss is the camaraderie with the guys. As far as playing football, I know I’m always going to be up to speed. The best thing about my situation is that we have the same offensive coordinator. I miss the camaraderie. It’s sort of like the lockout last year. I know the guys are working hard.”
Rice and the Ravens still remain very far apart in contract talks, but the two sides have until July 16th to get something done.
If the Ravens and Rice can’t agree to terms, he will either choose to sign his franchise tender that would pay him $7.7 million for the 2012 season or prepare for a lengthy holdout.
Whenever Rice finally decides to rejoin the team, he should be ready to go. He is familiar enough with the offense and a top notch player that always keeps himself in shape. As long as the Ravens get him a contract and get him back on the field, the fans and team have nothing to be worried about when it comes to Rice being prepared to contribute on the field.