Like Brees with the Saints, Ray Rice is unlikely to reach opening day of the 2012 NFL season in any colors other than the black and purple of the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice has done everything short of guaranteeing that he will return to Baltimore next season, bringing his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season and 10 touchdowns home with him.
If there is any marquee player that I could imagine making an unexpected, big-splash move away from his current team, it would be Ray Rice.
The Ravens are in a favorable position going into the upcoming playoffs, potentially seeded first or second in the conference, guaranteeing themselves at least one home game that will surely spotlight Rice running the ball.
If Rice is given the opportunity to produce an A-plus performance on a national platform that is typically not afforded to a Baltimore squad which is rarely seen on television outside of Maryland, his stock will skyrocket.
Teams around the NFL are already aware of Ray Rice, but should he explode in this playoff year, he could attract some very generous suitors.