As much as Ray Rice is savoring the Ravens' Super Bowl victory, the Pro Bowl running back already has set his ambitions on earning another Vince Lombardi trophy. The New England Patriots were the last team to repeat as Super Bowl champions, winning it following the 2004 and 2005 seasons. "Man, this feels good," Rice said during a telephone interview Thursday from Time Warner Center in New York, where he was making a Valentine's Day appearance for Gillette along with actress Brooklyn Decker. "To get to say you're a Super Bowl champion, for all the personal accolades, it's been a dream career so far. "We know it won't be easy. It's definitely hard to repeat, but it has been done before. It's as hard as it is, but we truly have a brotherhood in the locker room. That lasts forever. We want to keep it together." NFL teams, however, rarely, if ever, remain intact, The Ravens' roster is expected to change through anticipated free agent losses or salary-cap casaulties, especially if the team doesn't hammer out a contract extension with quarterback Joe Flaccobefore the free agent signing period that starts March 12. A year ago, the Ravens signed Rice to a five-year, $40 million maximum value contract. "You let the contract stuff take care of itself," Rice said. "Joe is a great quarterback. He has his number, and the Ravens have their number. You get to something you can agree upon and you put it behind you. I've always said you let the business side take care of itself, and that's why you have agents. "Joe has done everything in his performance to let that take care of itself. I believe he's the best quarterback out there. This was Joe Flacco's time. He led us to the Super Bowl. You always need a great quarterback to take you over the top, and he did that." Rice is aware of the tenuous roster statuses for key veterans like wide receiver Anquan Boldin and Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach, who carry respective salary-cap figures of $7.531 million and $4.33 million.
Ray Rice hoping Ravens 'keep it together,' challenge for Super Bowl repeat
Baltimore Sun | Feb 15