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Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:20 am
Edited on: February 20, 2012 12:22 pm
 
Rice is good, but is he worth 'AP money'? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

One guy we expect to see franchised over the next fortnight or so is Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice is an unrestricted free agent, is just 25, and is one of only 16 NFL players since the merger to accumulate multiple seasons with 2,000 or more yards from scrimmage. But we also expect Rice and the Ravens to work out a new long-term deal; Rice said he's OK with the tag provided it leads to such a deal.

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But his expectations might be too high: Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes Monday morning that he's hearing Rice "wants an Adrian Peterson-type of contract" for his next deal.

Unfortunately, that's probably not happening. Prior to the 2011 season, Peterson signed a seven-year deal worth up to $100 million, with $36 million guaranteed.

That's "best running back in the NFL" money, and Peterson might be lone exception when discussing running backs who are worthy of that kind of cheddar. (Of course, Peterson spent much of 2011 dealing with a high-ankle sprain that Leslie Frazier later parlayed into a torn ACL by rushing his franchise player back onto the field too quickly.)

Rice, as talented as he is, isn't worth that much money. The Ravens know this and they won't give Rice "AP money." King writes as much, saying that he "doesn't see them going anywhere near that for Rice," although he believes that Baltimore will find a way to get Rice his cash.

A closer approximation to what Rice could get? The deal the Carolina Panthers handed DeAngelo Williams after the 2011 lockout. Williams got a five-year, $43 million deal with $21 million guaranteed.

Rice is more valuable than Williams (the stats bear that out, particularly in 2011), but Williams deal was -- and remains -- a straight-up overpay. The Panthers threw the market for "franchise running backs" out of whack, and now guys like Rice and Matt Forte, who run a lot of risk by only playing for a one-year guaranteed deal in 2011, will suffer because of it.

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Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:35 am
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Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:45 am
 

Hold Out!

to get that kind of bling, ray's going to have to hold out a few games to show he serious.  the billionaire owners are going to have to pay up to keep him---open up the bank vault---ray's ready to cash in!!



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:34 am
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

well hello franchise tag i guess



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:20 am
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

No running back is worth that money only QB's are. Chris Johnson sucked last year and a bunch of other RB's got hurt. RB's are easy to find there is a new break out one or two every year.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:07 am
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Rice is as valuable, maybe more to his team as A.P. is to the Vikes, but the real question is A.P. worth $100 million? Is CJ2K worth the big deal he got? Running backs are fragile and to invest that much cap space in one player, especially a back may hurt the team more than help it by limitting it's ability to pay other players.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:59 pm
 

Hmmmmm

I'd say yes. Maybe a little less, but only because AP will never live up to that contract either.



Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:41 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Why would they pay him AP money when they refuse to properly use him?
Its almost as if Rice is a last resort rather than the focal point of their offense.
I'm a Steeler fan that never understood why Rice doesnt carry more of the load..he could put up Faulk-like numbers if they hand him and throw him the ball..



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:20 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Really Rice isnt worth AP money??  Id say top 3 Running Backs would be AP, Foster, and Rice.  Probably in that order but now that AP is hurt Id move everyone up and AP to 3rd.  I see no reason as to why he isnt worth the money.  He catches the ball, runs the ball, he can do everything.  They just dont give him the ball enough.  And their is no doubt that he is worth more than the deal DeAngelo Williams got.  



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Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:00 pm
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Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:37 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

You must be a Tennessee Titan fan because if ANYONE through the thing out of whack it was the Chris Johnson fiasco.  Just so you know.  Deangelo Williams averaged 5.39 ypc in 2011 and has a CAREER mark of 5.09.  Those are Barry Sanders type career numbers. Carolina was 3rd Overall in Rushing @ 150 ypg.  Because Carolina didn't burden D'Will with a ton of carries HARDLY makes it a "Straight-up overpay" 

It really bothers me when people like you get paid to write.  Instead of doing a little research you pop off at the mouth (or Pen in this matter) and really make yourself look, STUPID.  So let me fix it for you

but Chris Johnson deal was -- and remains -- a straight-up overpay.


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