By Jeff Zrebiec
11:34 AM EDT, April 16, 2012
Ravens' offseason voluntary workouts got started this morning with quarterback Joe Flacco in the building but as expected, without Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice.
Rice, who isn't expected to attend offseason activities as his agent negotiates a long-term deal with the Ravens, may not be participating in strength and conditioning workouts, but he didn't remain entirely silent today.
In a message posted on his Twitter feed, Rice said: "To all college athletes getting ready to enter the NFL just remember the business side of the league is rough #fact."
While the Ravens won't announce who does and doesn't attend the "voluntary" workouts and there won't be any media availability until possibly later this week, Rice won't be the only one not at the team's facility.
Several veterans who don't live close to Baltimore in the offseason opt to stay where they are and work out with their own trainers until the first mandatory mini-camp in June. Flacco, who lives in New Jersey in the offseason, traditionally attends the workouts.
In other Ravens news, the team announced that it has signed five exclusive rights free agents: guard/center Justin Boren, linebackers Josh Bynes and Sergio Kindle, cornerback Danny Gorrer and long snapper Morgan Cox. These moves were pretty much formatilities. When you're an exclusive rights free agent, meaning you have only two years of NFL experience, you essentially have to take your team's offer at the three-year veteran minimum salary or decide not to play in the NFL.
And finally, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that the Ravens are one of three teams interested in former Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Dennis Dixon. The Ravens have maintained that they are very high on current backup Tyrod Taylor, who was their only other quarterback all of last season. Dixon and Taylor bring simililar skill sets, although Dixon obviously has more NFL experience, starting three games for Pittsburgh in four years.
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