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Ray Rice misses Ravens minicamp, but earns endorsement deal

Ray Rice hasn't signed his one-year tender with the Ravens that will pay him about $7.7 million and isn't participating in the three-day minicamp this week, so he needs to make a little cash right now.

Xenith, LLC, manufacturer of the X2 football helmet and other protective equipment, announced today that the Ravens running back will be "a Xenith brand ambassador and will promote Xenith's strategy for Building the Enlightened Warrior," according to a news release.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

“I am excited to be a part of the Xenith team and involved with such an important mission,” Rice said in the release. “Xenith's brand is second to none, and speaking from personal experience, I had the best year of my career wearing the Xenith X2.”

The release said the Pro Bowl running back wore the Xenith X2 football helmet during the 2011 season.

“Ray is an absolutely perfect person to represent the Xenith brand,” Xenith's founder and CEO Vin Ferrara said in a statement. “We look forward to Ray being a face of Xenith as a representative Enlightened Warrior, and as a national voice for innovation and education.”

Xenith helmets have been worn by approximately 100,000 players at all levels, including youth, high school, major college, and NFL, the compnay said.

So if you're worried about Rice going hungry because he's not receiving his Ravens paychecks, rest easy.

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