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With a quarterback who has the tendency to encounter stretches of prolonged ineffectiveness, the Baltimore Ravens are lucky to have the multifaceted dynamo that is Ray Rice.
He led the NFL with 2,068 yards from scrimmage in 2011, and the Ravens were undefeated during the regular season when Rice received more than 13 carries.
At the crisp age of 25, Rice is in the prime of his career and doesn't have a major injury in his past.
He was made the team's franchise player this offseason and is set to make the running back standard of $7.7 million.
It remains a mystery as to why Baltimore's front office hasn't offered him a lucrative multi-year deal. Rice is the heartbeat of the Ravens offense and a valued member of the Baltimore community.