Would he or wouldn’t he was the big question pertaining to Rice and his ongoing quest to receive a long-term deal from the Ravens. With Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch getting new deals, there was no way Rice was just going to show up to camp and act like everything was okay. They took it down to the wire of the deadline, but a new deal finally got done to the tune of five years and $40 million.
Rice was slated to play on a franchise tender of $7.7 million but now, he will earn $17 million this year and $8 million in 2013. The new deal was earned as he totals a franchise-record 15 touchdowns in 2011 to go along with 1,364 yards rushing, the highest single-season total of his young career, while also leading the team with 76 catches for 704 yards.