The clock is ticking on a pair of premier running backs who have yet to sign their franchise tenders in hopes of sealing up long-term contracts.
"I'll always keep it real for you, but I'm always optimistic," Rice told the Carroll County Times. "God has put me in a position where not too many people can say they've been. I never played for the dollars and all of that other stuff."
The Ravens are hugged up against the salary cap and not expected to play ball with Rice. At a charity event Friday night, Rice jokingly advised the crowd to "call Ozzie Newsome and tell him to pay me."
Baltimore's general manager understands what Rice means to this team, but the Ravens haven't flinched. We'd be surprised if a deal happens, even if Rice -- as much as any player in the league -- deserves a second contract.