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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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Comments

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:12 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Rice is a good back.  That's it.  The only reason he should get AP money is because Rice runs the ball about 30 times a game.  He will be so banged up in two years that he will need all that money to retire on.  I don't blame him for trying to get the money though, without him the Ravens go 6-10.Money mouth



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

The AP deal was more than what should be paid for an RB. He is great but not worth that much salary cap. The tough thing is getting Rice and Forte to buy into that. Both the Vikes and Panthers overpaid for a position that can easily be replaced in the pass-first NFL. Not to say that AP is not worth top dollar but that contract is going to give some other GMs headaches if they want to keep their top tier RBs. Simply too many other positions that are worth more money than RB. If AP and Williams were worth those contracts then their teams would not be looking at top ten picks this year. 



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Without Rice, Flacko is gonna be deado, as in Dead on Delivery. Show the man the $$$, but like Sweetlou said, AP is overpaid. The Vikings should trsde him for a ton of draft picks like Dallas did with H Walker so they can rebuild the franchise



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

     Twocoach is right- Rice is an outstanding back but he is not as good as AP.  While Rice is a great fit for the Ravens, he is not as much of a sure thing as AP in short-yardage situations.  Rice will end up getting something around what Williams got, maybe a little more.  The Ravens will do what is needed to lock up Rice and then Flacco.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:51 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Peterson's not even worth his contract!



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Offer him $57 million w/ $21 mil guaranteed over 4 years.  Maybe toss in a team option for year 5 at 14/5.  That gives him the equivalent amounts to what AP is getting per year, but it lets you (the team) off the hook when he turns 30.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

ahhhhh a madden '95 referance.  nice. 



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Can't blame him. But I would give him top dollar for two years and draft an understudy.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

B/c Joe Flacco and the rest of the offense is why hes so good, not vice versa.....  

Cuz the Lions wouldnt be effing unstopable with Ray Rice in there.  



yeah but they don't have RAY RAY on they team! and that cool dance.... also known as "the wobble"... or X button. 



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

yes. cause B-more is heaven on earth. i'd take a paycut too!!!
B/c Joe Flacco and the rest of the offense is why hes so good, not vice versa..... 

Cuz the Lions wouldnt be effing unstopable with Ray Rice in there. 



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