- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BALTIMORE — Ray Rice was going to receive plenty of money from the Baltimore Ravens this season, even if he didn’t sign a new $40 million contract last week.

So, when Rice put his name on the five-year pact, the Pro Bowl running back insisted he was more excited about the length of the deal than the wad of money that would be coming his way.

Had Rice not signed, he would have played the 2012 season under the $7.7 million franchise tag tender.

“You take 7.7 million, anyway you cut it, still my family is going to be fine,” Rice said Wednesday. “When I signed I was relieved. It was more like, ‘OK, that’s over with. The business side is done.’”

Baltimore has made the playoffs in each of Rice’s four seasons, twice advancing to the AFC title game. He earned his second Pro Bowl invite last year after leading the NFL with 2,068 yards from scrimmage.

BENGALS: Cincinnati cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will miss the start of training camp with a leg injury that he confirmed on Twitter.The first-round pick will be examined when the players report Thursday for the start of training camp. The team hasn’t confirmed the injury.

EAGLES: Philadelphia signed two-time Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar to a one-year contract. McBriar, 33, a native of Australia, played eight with Dallas from 2004-11. His average of 45.3 yards per punt ranks fourth in NFL history. McBriar’s career net average is 38.4 yards and he has 175 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

LIONS: Detroit signed former New York Jets cornerback Justin Miller as it tries to fill a position weakened by its dismissal of the legally challenged Aaron Berry and the loss to injury of Chris Greenwood. The Lions signed Miller and cut wide receiver Marcus Harris. Miller was drafted by the Jets in 2005 and last played for the team in 2009.

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