Ravens RB Ray Rice has until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to sign a new long-term contract with the team or be forced to play the 2012 season for the $7.7 million franchise tag. Despite the approaching deadline, Rice remains optimistic that he and the Ravens will come to an agreement.
“I’m always optimistic,” Rice told the Baltimore Sun. “God has put me in a position where not too many people can say they’ve been. I never played for the dollars and all of that other stuff. My rookie contract quite, frankly, you just signed it and go play football so this is a little bit difference of an experience for me.”