Ravens Update

Ravens Update

As a Monday afternoon NFL deadline approaches, no deal is imminent for Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice at this time.

It's a quiet time for the unsigned franchise player.

While Rice isn't close to a long-term contract, time remains to negotiate one. If a deal is struck for the former Rutgers star, it's expected to mirror the recent deals signed by Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Foster signed a five-year $43.5 million contract extension that includes a $12.5 million signing bonus with a total of $20.75 million in guaranteed money.

McCoy is signed to a five-year, $45.615 million contract extension that includes a $8.5 million signing bonus and $20.765 million in guaranteed money.

Under NFL rules governing franchise players, the Ravens have until Monday afternoon to negotiate a new deal for Rice. Otherwise, he'll play this season under a $7.742 million franchise tag. Rice has worked out on his own this offseason with trainer Mac James and former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, skipping organized team activities and a minicamp. As an unsigned franchise player, Rice has the right to not attend team activities. "I miss it," Rice said during cornerback Lardarius Webb's charity softball game when asked about being away from his teammates. "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. It's sort of that feeling for me. I know those guys are working hard. I'm just happy to be out here with these guys having fun." Rice rushed for a career-high 1,364 yards and a dozen touchdowns last season. He set a franchise record with 15 total touchdowns and led the NFL with 2,068 yards from scrimmage.

Rice also led the Ravens with 76 receptions for 703 yards and three touchdowns and had runs of 53, 59, 67, 70 and 70 yards. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

Rice has remained steadfast in his stance that he leaves the business of football in the hands of his agent, Todd France.

"Honestly, I just let my agent take care of all of that stuff," Rice said. "My job, I just stay in shape. I know the business side will always take care of itself. I know I put myself in that position to kind of let it dwindle out. Whatever it is at the end of the day, hopefully I'll be there soon."



Ravens evaluate supplemental draft linebacker

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens are among the NFL teams that have made inquiries about Carson Newman linebacker and supplemental draft prospect Larry Lumpkin, according to his agent. Lumpkin works out for scouts Wednesday at Alma Bryant High School in his hometown of Irvington, Ala.

The supplemental draft is Thursday.

Besides the Ravens, the other teams that Lumpkin's agent, Chris Martin, has spoken with or expects to attend the workout includes: the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Texans.

The 6-foot, 240-pounder has run the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds, bench pressing 225 pounds 30 times and registered a 36-inch vertical leap. Lumpkin is projected a later-round draft target or a priority free agent.

Lumpkin recorded 96 tackles, 10 for losses last season at Carson-Newman after transferring from Alabama A&M.

He was named first-team All-South Atlantic Conference.

However, his former position coach at Alabama A&M said that Lumpkin missed practices and was late for meetings.

"Larry is a tremendous young man and extremely talented player who has winning DNA," Martin said. "Despite having some missteps in his past, this kid has grown up, learned and matured from his experiences and is ready for the NFL."

NOTE: The Ravens weren't among the teams that attended former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon's private workout Tuesday at the Houston Texans' training facility. Gordon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds in front of 21 NFL teams.

Although Gordon has a history of off-field problems, he's the top supplemental draft prospect and could go anywhere between the second round and fourth round Thursday

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