Rice was given the franchise tag by the Ravens, but has yet to sign.
“It’s the business of football. Ray will be ready to go when the season starts, he’ll be in shape and he’ll be Ray Rice,” Harbaugh said, talking to NFL Total Access. “He’s one of the hardest-working guys, and I have complete trust in Ray.”
The two parties have until July 16 to reach a long-term agreement. If Rice signs the tender, he will get a guaranteed base salary of $7.7 million in 2012.