** Matt Williamson of
"The Ravens are not very creative on offense," he wrote. "In fact, they are one of the easiest offenses to prepare for in the NFL. Baltimore uses very few three or more wide receiver sets, generally preferring run-based offensive personnel, often with a pure blocking fullback. They are predictable in that they are a run-first offense that mixes in screens to Rice, deep passes on the perimeter usually to
** Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports says Rice was one of the biggest winners on deadline day -- and
"Rice got paid handsomely. The Ravens' running back will make $24 million in guaranteed money, which isn't "AP money" but should be just enough to squeak by on for the rest of your life," he wrote. "Rice would've landed more money on the open market, but he's also got plenty of miles on his odometer for a guy who's just 25. … Flacco's coming up on his contract year and he's probably itching to prove he deserves a big, brand new extension worth a lot of money. But the Ravens, by signing Rice, took away leverage from Flacco for next offseason. That's because they can use their franchise tag next offseason on Flacco, instead of having to make a choice on their quarterback and running back."
** Joe Platania of PressBox wonders if another team would have tried to acquire Rice had he not signed this deal:
"The Ravens, a team that has struggled to find a consistent and flexible offensive attack for most of its history, have found all the qualities they have ever desired in Rice, a second-round pick from Rutgers in 2008," he wrote. "That year's 10-man draft class, surprisingly, has just Rice and [Joe] Flacco remaining on the roster today. Theoretically, another team could have signed Rice away from the Ravens, even after the just-expired deadline, but it would have had to forfeit two first-round picks -- one during each of the next two years -- as compensation. But considering what Rice -- a two-time Pro Bowl selectee who has 4,377 career rushing yards, second to
** The Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Dan Gigler writes about how the Pittsburgh Steelers passed on Rice twice in 2008:
"The Ravens enjoy a 4-3 record over Pittsburgh in regular season games when Rice starts. However, in two postseason games against the Steelers, Rice was held in check almost to be a non-factor. In the 2008
** Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio looks at some of the ramifications, both positive and negative, of the Rice deal:
"As to the final two years of the deal, the $3 million salary is light. So if he's still playing at a high level then, he can hold out for more. With at least $29 million earned, he'll be able to afford the daily training-camp fines," he wrote. "Most importantly from an internal accounting standpoint, the contract reduces Rice's cap number in 2012 from $7.7 million to $5 million, creating an extra $2.7 million in much-needed space. Previously, the Ravens had less than $700,000 in wiggle room."