Ravens' Joe Flacco attends workout

Updated: April 16, 2012, 8:52 PM ET
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco reported for the start of the team's voluntary workouts, despite not having a new deal.

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"I wanted to come, just see the guys and throw the ball around a little bit," Flacco told the team's official website. "The contract is not really an issue. It's going to be taken care of by the guys upstairs and my agent.

"I really don't have anything to worry about on that front. Either it's going to get done or it's not. I won't be happy if it doesn't get done, but I'm not going to make a big deal of it."

While there have been differing reports on the negotiations with Flacco -- some say there has been progress while others indicate talks are at a standstill -- it's a positive sign for the Ravens that Flacco decided to show up when he had no obligation to do so.

Conversely, Ravens star running back Ray Rice was not in attendance Monday.

Flacco's appearance suggests that the talks, however they're progressing, haven't created a rift between the team and its quarterback.

"It's just any other offseason," said Flacco, who is entering the final year of his contract. "I'll be at OTAs and stuff and we'll let those guys take care of it. If it gets done it gets done. If it doesn't it doesn't. But I'm not really going to put my mind on it. I'm going to keep myself at ease and keep my mind on football."

The Ravens, though, may not want to get used to seeing Flacco around, and it has nothing to do with negotiations. He and his wife are expecting their first child in June, which could cause him to miss practices this spring.

And if Flacco doesn't sign a new deal by the end of the season, the Ravens could see less of him next spring.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter