In a way, football began today in Baltimore.  The Ravens first day of their voluntary conditioning program kicked off at the Ravens facility in Owings Mills.

Though the word “voluntary” is in the name, fans often breathe a sigh of relief when their team’s stars show up happily to get in shape for the upcoming season.  Unfortunately for Baltimore fans, that was not the case with Ray Rice, who has et to sign his $7.742 million franchise tender.

Rice tweeted on Monday morning, “To all college athletes getting ready to enter the NFL just remember the business side of the league is rough.”

It must be tough making $7 million to play a sport.

According to Aaron Wilson at the Carroll County Times, Joe Flacco, who is also seeking an extension, was at this morning’s workouts.