OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens made it official today, designating Pro Bowl running back…
Ray Rice expected to get franchise tag Friday
Under rules governing franchise players, the Ravens have until the middle of July to negotiate a long-term deal.
If a franchise player is unable to work out a long-term deal by July 15, then the player can only play under the terms of their one-year tender for the upcoming season.
"The meeting went fine," France said. "We obviously know the tag is coming, but we will continue to have open dialogue and see if we can come to a long-term agreement, which is the preference for both sides."
The Ravens have a history of working out deals with players after using the franchise tag, including former cornerback Chris McAlister and Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Rice led the NFL last season with 2,068 total yards from scrimmage, rushing for a career-high 1,364 yards and a dozen touchdowns while also catching 76 passes for 704 yards and three touchdowns.
Rice, 25, broke the Ravens' single-season record with 15 total touchdowns.
In four NFL seasons, the diminutive former Rutgers star has rushed for 4,377 career yards and 24 touchdowns. He has caught 250 passes for 2,235 yards and five touchdowns.
"Yeah, I definitely prefer long-term over franchise tag," Rice told the Times days after the Ravens' AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots. "I'm not going to complain about the franchise tag, either. It puts yourself in a position where you play that year out and guys have done it, but I prefer the long-term. That's what Baltimore, the city, the fans, they would love to know that Ray Rice is going to be here, not just one year, but for many years to come."
For more coverage of the NFL, go to profootball.scout.com.
Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider
Want more in-depth coverage on your favorite NFL team? Click here and get started today.
ScoutNFLNetwork.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More