Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told the media at this week’s owners meeting’s down in Florida that he doesn’t know if running back Ray Rice will hold out for a long-term deal or if he’ll play under the franchise tag.
Harbaugh obviously hopes Rice will elect to not hold out.
“I think it will be the same level of maturity. I don’t know what their strategy will be, if they feel like they even need a strategy. That kind of goes back to the agent more than the player. But Ray Rice is a man. He loves football. He wants to be in there with his teammates. I’m hoping he’ll be there from Day One. I would expect him to be there from Day One. But if he’s not, I’m not going to hold it against him as a coach. We just need the best Ray Rice that’s possible for the first game.”
The bad news for Harbaugh is that in late February there was a report the Rice might end up holding out. We won’t really know what his intentions are until the Ravens start working out as a team in mid-April.