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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: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

If you compare their total yards I think he has a point.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Can we consider the source for a second? It is Peter King. The same writer who just last week, wrote about Johnny Unitas' testicles in his MMQB column.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:34 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

and the guy behind Ray in the pic is totally looking at his butt.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:33 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

@Tarheelsunc - Do you watch football or the Ravens? Rice is a top 3 running back and the O-line for the ravens is trash. The only thing you said with any speck of truth is that is easier to find a body to plug into the RB position than it is with other positions.


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Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:30 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:11 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Flacco will never deserve Tom Brady type money. If he wants to be paid like Cutler then that is fair. He has not won a Superbowl yet, or established himself as a dominant passer yet. In no way is he even close to an NFL HOF type player like Brady, and this is coming from someone that hates Brady. 
   Rice is a special case though. Should he get get 7 years at $100 million? No, but I'd say a 5 year, $60 million deal with $25 guaranteed is more than fair for a player like Rice. You pay him like the top 3  (top 5 for the haters and homers for their teams Running backs), and get the bang for your buck. No need to pay him another $40 million. The deal will keep him signed until he is 30, giving him one more chance for a mid-range deal based on what he has left in the tank. 



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:01 pm
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'


@arudz --

Ok, I agree it's a passing league. Although I'm going to think outside the box and take it one step further, and assume that if it's a passing league, then receivers are pretty important too, right?

So then, if we are talking about REALITY of it, and "YOU" problems, then the REALITY of this is that is YOU obviously don't know who led the Ravens in RECEIVING this past season. 

Or the seaon before. 

Or the season before that. 


Oh, by the way, it was Ray Rice.  

Cool  



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:59 am
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

I love it first Flacco wants to be paid like Tom Brady and now Rice wants an Adrian Peterson type contract.  That team is going to have so much money tied up in those two players they won't be able to have the quality depth they have been used to while they were on their rookie contracts.  So can't wait for the Steelers to avenge those two loses this year.



Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:59 am
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'


Ok, I agree it's a passing league. Although I'm going to think outside the box and take it one step further, and assume that if it's a passing league, then receivers are pretty important too, right?

So then, if we are talking about REALITY of it, and "YOU" problems, then the REALITY of this is that is YOU obviously don't know who led the Ravens in RECEIVING this past season.

Or the seaon before.

Or the season before that. 


Oh, by the way, it was Ray Rice.  

Cool 



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:54 am
 

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

@wbraddock - I didn't see any other stories on this, but according to this blurb, Ray Rice didn't publicly say this.
It was "heard" by "sources."  We don't know, he could have said this and had it intentionally "leaked."  Or his
agent could have leaked this...or the team could be making this up so the fans could be justified in letting Rice
holdout if he doesn't like the deal.  I wouldn't pass judgment on Rice yet over this.


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