La Canfora: The expendables
Jason La Canfora says running backs and linebackers are taking a big financial hit due to the NFL's aerial evolution. More ...
Flacco, who is currently in the midst of negotiating a contract extension, was among the players who reported to the team's facility.
NFL Network's Albert Breer reported earlier this month that Flacco's representatives and the team had planned to resume negotiations.
The signal-caller dismissed the notion that his contract concerns would affect the team or his play.
"The contract is not really an issue," Flacco said, according to the team's official site. "It's going to be taken care of by the guys upstairs and my agent. I really don't have anything to worry about on that front. Either it's going to get done or it's not. I won't be happy if it doesn't get done, but I'm not going to make a big deal of it."
"It means a lot coming from our guy," Smith said. "He understands that whether there's business or not, we're going to need him. We're going to all need to be in sync. You can do nothing but respect it."
Rice, who had the franchise tag applied to him by the team, was expected to sit out, because he has not yet agreed with the team on a long-term contract.
Rice vented his frustration on Twitter Monday.