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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: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:36 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. 




Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

And from the dummys at Baltimores 98 rock, Well Id think he rather stay here and play with a winner, than go to say the Lions and make 100 million dollars.  No seriously, it was said this morning. 



yes. cause B-more is heaven on earth. i'd take a paycut too!!!



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

And from the dummys at Baltimores 98 rock, Well Id think he rather stay here and play with a winner, than go to say the Lions and make 100 million dollars.  No seriously, it was said this morning. 



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

This one is really simple...

Ray Rice is an incredible rusher.  He has the perfect combination of power and speed. And most of all, he is only 25 years old.  This is a young guy who has found his spot inside the rushing game of the NFL.  He should appear in many pro-bowls.  That being said, the NFL is turning into a passing-dominant league and the Ravens, or any other team, will have to pass the ball to stay in games.  In addition, there is always the risk of a season, or even career ending injury.  I do not think Rice deserves AP amounts of money, but I don't think AP deserves that much money either.  However, I would consider Ray Rice in the same skill level as Adrian Peterson and I can't blame him for asking for that much money.  All things considered, he is a premier running back.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

he's worth every penny, he's easily the 2nd best in the league plus he can receive!



Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

"they" not the....



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Ray Rice is the 2nd best RB in football in my opinion.  No he doesn't deserve AP money, but he should be paid as one of the top play-makers in football.  He gets almost no help in the pass game in Baltimore.  Flacco is at best an average QB and the pass game is nothing special.  Rice is the offense on that team.



Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Well, the ravens can't pay ray rice top 5 RB money and pay flacco the same way! Looks like one of them will not be too happy when it's all said and done. I wouldn't be surprised if the give flacco the big money and end up losing rice.



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

This guy is right about the Williams deal, that was a straight up horrible move by the Panthers. Rice though easily deserves a minimum of 5years and between 50-60 million. He's a stout short back that runs low. He should be a starter the whole term of the contract so he will most likely earn every penny. You can also fill the backup spots for super cheap and basiclly have your whole back feild wrapped up for around 12 million a year the next five.




Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Rice might be a good RB but he isn't a Peterson and shouldn't expect that kind of money.  If he puts up a 1700 yard season and gets the number of TDs that Peterson gets then maybe he can ask for that kind of money.   I'm not sure Peterson is even worth Peterson money.  It is such a brutal position with a great risk of injury.  I think the Ravens would be nuts to pay him that kind of money especially with what he is wanting in guaranteed money.


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