Steelers’ Rivals Joe Flacco And Ray Rice Still At Odds With Ravens

Joe Flacco flexed some muscle early in the offseason. Guess he got tired and showed up to mini-camp after all. Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

The best quarterback in the league (deemed only by himself) and one of the best running backs in the league (deemed by many) are still in contract disputes with the Ravens.  And even though there is this current dispute, I’m confident we’ll see at least one of them on the field by week one in the 2012 season.

Ray Rice is still trying to negotiate his new contract with the team, and if there is a Raven deserving of a new and better paying contract it’s him.  Rice, performs extremely well against his division.  He is hit or miss against the Steelers but has two 100+ yard games in seven games against them.  He’s a very good receiving back, and one of the biggest complaints from fans about Rice is that he doesn’t get the ball enough – running or catching.  Rice has decided to strap on his ‘hold out’ boots and refused to attend any of the workouts or minicamps.  It hasn’t been fully reported if the team has fined him for his absence, but he was threatened with a $60,000 fine if he didn’t show up.

Joe ‘Didn’t You Know I’m The Best’ Flacco was vocal near the beginning of the offseason and let the world know he was unhappy that the Ravens had yet to leap at him with an offer.  As things progressed (or rather didn’t) Flacco became even more vocal letting the world know that he was the best QB in the entire NFL.  Well shoot, guys, why in the world don’t you have a contract in hand!?  Oh wait, that’s right.  Maybe it’s the late game chokes, the lack of ability to connect deep with your receivers, or the habit of not showing up to ‘the big ones’  that has the Ravens a little unsure how to handle the situation.  With the rise of backup QB Tyrod Taylor during the workouts and mini camps, maybe the team is holding back a little bit.  Or, maybe management feels that Flacco will handle this contract situation like he does games – a late collapse that will make him putty in their hands… you know, kind of like how the Steelers D usually handles this guy in the second halves of games… usually.

I could really see Flacco’s holdout lasting all the way to camp and then some.  This could really just turn into one big game of chicken.  Who will swerve first?  There’s a lot of distractions and drama coming from the Ravens organization this offseason – hold outs of Rice and Flacco, Suggs’ ACL tear while playing basketball, Bryant McKinnie being held out of camps, OL Jah Reid injury/then not injured, and the mysterious no show of Ed Reed.  Johnny Boy Harbaugh has his work cut out for him even before camp starts.

I’m fine with whatever distractions come out of this team.  It’s fun to catch up on.  Although, there’s something to be said about them being physically and mentally prepared when the play the Steelers.  I want no excuses from them (highly unlikely) when they fall to the Black & Gold.

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  • cac1223

    Yeah, this article was awful. Aside from the poor grammar and wording in general, it’s actual content is ridiculous. BOTH Flacco and Rice will be on the field by week 1. Rice will sign the free agent tender if his contract isn’t renegotiated. He’s not going to walk away from 7mil. And as far as the Flacco bashing goes… I assume you missed his two clutch come-backs against pittsburghin the finall moments of the game over the last two seasons… Or missed him putting the ball right in Lee Evans’ hands in the final moments of the AFC championship game, which would have sent his team to the super bowl. Go ahead and speculate, and try to act like you actually have a clue. If you want to be taken seriously as a credible “journalist” in the future, you should shy away from the incomplete sentences and grammar mistakes this particular article is laden with.

  • cac1223

    Yeah, this article was awful. Aside from the poor grammar and wording in general, it’s actual content is ridiculous. BOTH Flacco and Rice will be on the field by week 1. Rice will sign the free agent tender if his contract isn’t renegotiated. He’s not going to walk away from 7mil. And as far as the Flacco bashing goes… I assume you missed his two clutch come-backs against pittsburgh in the final moments of the game over the last two seasons… Or missed him putting the ball right in Lee Evans’ hands in the final moments of the AFC championship game, which would have sent his team to the super bowl. Go ahead and speculate, and try to act like you actually have a clue. If you want to be taken seriously as a credible “journalist” in the future, you should shy away from the incomplete sentences and grammar mistakes this particular article is laden with.

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  • kylkro10

    Wow way to post an article without many facts to back up the statements. If Flacco is going to hold out during the season why has he been at every OTA? I do believe he threw a game winning touchdown pass at your stadium last year. I’d say that was a crucial situation. I wouldn’t say he’s clutch, but puddy in the hands of the steelers D? Did you not watch week 1? But I assume your articles are only meant to stir the pot and aren’t based on reality. Nice work!

  • drumdude89

    @kylkro10

    He’s choked in the second half to the Steelers multiple times the past few years especially in the postseason.

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  • matthewsmallss

    Poor guy is just an idiot.  Terrible article.  Who got beat twice this year by the Ravens?  One of them we straight demolished you.  Let’s be real, the Stealers are the 3rd best team in the AFC north now with the rise of the Bengals.  Who in their right minds doesn’t have us winning this division again, especially now with Jacoby Ford, Boldin and Torrey as our 3 starters with solid backup WR’s.  Plus wait till you see our backup RB.  Kid is a beast and you’ve never heard of him.  But we’ve seen him and he is a punishing 3rd down RB.

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