The signings keep coming and reports out of Baltimore are that it came with just 5 minutes left before the 4pm deadline for franchised players to sign long-term deals.
NFL.com is reporting that the Baltimore Ravens and running back Ray Rice have agreed to terms on a 5 year $35 million deal with escalator clauses that could make it worth $40 million.
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome released an official statement in which he said,
“This is another example of Steve Bisciotti’s commitment to the team and to our fans to retain our core players.”
“Rice’s production on the field speaks for itself, and his leadership in the locker room is outstanding.”
Rice had yet to sign his one-year, $7.742 million franchise tender, and like Bears running back Matt Forte reportedly may not have shown up to camp on time.
Rice scored a franchise-record 15 touchdowns in 2011 to go with a career-best 1,364 yards rushing. He also led Baltimore with 76 catches for 704 yards.
With Rice back in the fold and secure the Ravens can now gear up for one more Super Bowl run.