Rice lobbies to retain McGahee

Ray Rice was unavailable to talk during Monday's open locker room session, but it wasn't his fault. The running back was feeling under the weather, but he did address the media on Tuesday after coach John Harbaugh offered his end-of-the-season assessment.

One of the things Rice discussed was the future of fellow tailback Willis Mcgahee, who backed up Rice and has not shot down speculation that he would like to start somewhere else. Although McGahee's presence cut into Rice's touchdown totals, Rice said he would like McGahee to remain a Raven.

"Willis is a guy that I definitely use as a mentor," Rice said. "He’s been great to me, a great teammate, a great friend. What he’s meant for me is everything. He battled through adversity and is still a great back in this league. I’d definitely love to see him back here. He’s a great back, and what you can see is we’re different backs. You can see that when we’re both rolling, we’re tough to stop. I see us as a tandem, and we can give a lot of defenses problems just because of his style of running and my style of running."

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