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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
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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: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

25 years old, the Ravens would be stupid to franchise Ray Rice and tempt him to go to free agency next year.  $20 million guaranteed is definitely deserved, but is only a starting point.  More than half the teams in the NFL would give him a 6-year, $80 million contract with $25-30 million guaranteed. 

If Ozzie Newsome wants to be clever about it, load performance-based incentives onto the latter years and make the contract worth up to $120 million and beyond.



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:06 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Yeah, and I heard he also wants to move like Jagger.  Rice deserves to get paid, and he will.  But probably closer to 5 years 45 million.  And by the way, that ain't too shabby.  He'll have money until he's at least 36 or 37. 



Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:06 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Ray Rice does so much for the Ravens, I think he is on the same level as AP or Matt Forte or whoever, Chris Johnson...Rice is a do it all back and never has to come off the field....unless he's tired

The market for RBs isnt what it used to be, i hope Rice understands and Baltimore doesn't have to break the bank...because we cant afford it, got too many players to pay, salary cap isnt going up this year 



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:02 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Ravens may have some money to work with but not up front. They have a lot of older guys on the team who are making top dollar at their position that are tying up some cap room. If they back load his contract they have more room to work with in getting him more money All in all you may be able to find "a body to put in at RB" but that is not a way to win. Rice has been essential to the ravens winning ways the past 2 years, especially with a quarterback yet to player good football on a consistent basis



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:56 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Guys, don't get so caught up in this crap. This section of cbssports is the equivalent of the gossip column in a newspaper. Brinson, Wilson, and Katzowitz have as much credibility and journalistic chops as Mario Lopez and Ryan Seacrest. Except these guys aren't as tough.
Oh I agree with you. These guys are also some of the most petty and effeminate writers you can find anywhere. They're trying to act like they're financial or cap advisors to NFL teams while denying other men a paycheck. It's both pathetic and funny at the same time.

You are better off with an elite QB. Every NFL team wants an elite QB. Yet those are hard to come by. The Ravens do not have an elite QB and I don't know how they'd get one. They are better off paying their elite RB and relying on him, because when they try to rely on their QB 9/10 times he loses games, or tries his damnedest to.

The worst thing they can do is lose their elite RB on top of having a mediocre at best QB and an aging defense. Then they would just look like the Jets, who try to be a ground and pound team without a legit starting RB.

While it's unlikely, you might still be able to win without an elite QB. But I know for sure in the current NFL, you're not going to win without any elite offensive players whatsoever. An elite WR is also only as good as his QB, as Larry Fitzgerald has learned. So if you have that elite RB, lean on him at least until you can find a QB.



Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

i agree with all of you saying that position has become more interchangeable.  tag him and be done with it.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

ill give him 6 years 74 mil if he signs within 50 minutes.

hes worth that!Laughing 



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Running backs are a dime a dozen. They shouldn't pay him at all and just let him go. I'm sure they can get another RB in the 2nd round that will do well in their system.

Now that I've said that BS, let me explain my reasoning. I'd love for him to come home to NJ and be the starting tailback for the Jets. It's a pure greed play. The guy is just a hardnosed football player with great hands who gets it done. He deserves to get paid. No one deserves AP money, but he's probably next in line for a contract a little below AP. Good luck Ray. And thanks for the top 10 season at Rutgers. Keep on playing well. 



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Guys, don't get so caught up in this crap. This section of cbssports is the equivalent of the gossip column in a newspaper. Brinson, Wilson, and Katzowitz have as much credibility and journalistic chops as Mario Lopez and Ryan Seacrest. Except these guys aren't as tough.


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