Although Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice indicated today during the unveiling of the new Nike uniforms that he looks forward to attending offseason workouts, sources close to the situation stressed that Rice won't be reporting until he has a new contract.
Rice has been designated as the Ravens' franchise player, at a cost of $7.742 million.
Under NFL rules governing franchise players, Rice doesn't have to attend offseason activities, training camp or games until he signs his one-year tender.
"I look forward to being there," Rice told the Ravens' official website when asked today in New York about whether he'll attend offseason workouts.
Rice has been consistent in taking the high road when it comes to the negotiations, but sources emphasized that the versatile star runner has no plans to attend offseason workouts until a contract has been finalized.
We fully expect the two sides to iron out a contract, but this is certainly a situation worth monitoring.