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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: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:33 pm

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

I hjope Ray Rice gets his payday, but not at the expense of the rest of the roster.  It does no one any good to overpay the RB and the QB and have no one up front to block.  Pay the O-line and everyone else will succeed.  The NFL has a salary cap.  They also need a player cap.  No player in the NFL should make more than $8 mil per season.  Stop the foolishness and stop jacking the price so the average fan can afford to enjoy the game.  I say let the government take over this monopoly and pay players $1 mil a year to play plus health benefits for life.  If they don't want to play, let 'em drive UPS trucks and then find someone that will play.  Maybe the cost of beer and cars will come down considerably if their marketing costs weren't so astonomical.  Maybe the people in Jacksonville will actually go to the game.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:50 pm

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

There is no way Rice gets Petterson money and there's no way AP should have got the contract he got in the first place. Rarely do I think pro athletes are over priced but in AP's case its true.  Todays running backs are becoming replaceable and expendable faster and faster.  Look at the nfl draft and you will see that maybe one or two backs go quick and then they fall to the bottom of the first to third rounds.  The nfl game on the field is changing and teams are looking for a combo package of the big back like Rice and then a back like Sproles who can run the corner and catch it like a receiver.  This gives teams more options on the field and also incase of injury not to mention that there are a lot more quality backs out there then there used to be.  The money Rice is asking for could be used to pay two good backs plus they will have money to spread around elsewhere. I also think teams are starting to feel its the system in which the rb's are in and not as much as the talent the rb's have.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:47 pm


@NiceAbbie - Shame on you for inflitrating a sports website to peddle this stuff.  If people wanted to read about this stuff, they would do it on your website, not this one.  If there was an option to report you, I would.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:02 pm

Another day, another greedy player

This is really becoming ridiculous.  Two good years doesn't entitle a player to a powerball jackpot for his next contract.  I do have mixed emotions here in a way, because long-term contracts only have to be executed by the player and not by the team.  Here's a simple answer: no more signing bonuses and two-way contracts.  

Signing bonuses are just a way to get agents more immediate money in their pockets.  Players collect a bonus worth more than a year's salary, but then two years later they conveninetly forget that the bonus is part of their contract and whine about being "underpaid."  

As for guarantees, a player is a fool to sign a contract that isn't guaranteed.  Teams just pull a Jim Irsay and refuse to execute players' contracts after they have been injured so much that their performance starts to decline.  

Either way, they are all getting paid too much.  Greed on both sides of the table has priced most fans out of going to the games.  It must be nice to live in a world of such privilege that "the economy" is just something the "little people" worry about. 

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:55 pm
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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:06 pm

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Why would Baltimore pay Ray Rice 'Peterson type of money' -- if you ask Flacco's agent, they already have a top 5 QB, so what is the use of spending money on a ground game.

Just unleash the top 5 QB Flacco and let him rain down his 57% completion and 80 QB rating on the AFC.  With those type of numbers -- he doesn't need any help from Ray Rice.  LOL.

Baltimore is going to have their hands full with these two guys.  At least Ray Rice can make an argument on why he deserves to be as a top 2-3 RB.  Flacco, on the other hand, not so much. 

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:32 pm

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

When is enough going to be enough for these agents and players.  Right now you have two top five quarterbacks, Drew Brees an Peyton Manning vying for big money but the cost is a major hit on the teams salary cap.  Running back is becoming less and less a factor in pro offenses and yet Chris Johnson wanted quarterback money and got it.  He had a terrible season and didn't give a dime back.  I think that I have a solution.  Lump the running back and quarterback positions to the offensive line in the cap allotment.  When the quarterback and running back want these big contracts then the hit has to go to the offensive line to make up the cap difference.  Let's see how many holes the running back has or how many seconds the quarterback has to throw.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:59 pm
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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:47 pm

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

no one should get a big contract until forte gets paid

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:40 pm

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

He's never carried 20 per on average, much less 30, even if you add the 4-5 screen receptions per. AP ripped of the Vikes and yay for him, but it Baltimore will let him walk before giving him anywhere that kind of loot.

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