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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 1, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:53 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

I think you have to pay him! He's been their best offensive player...they're only REAL threat...for the last 3 years. They've worked the hell out of him to the tune of 300+ touches every year. He's put the work in and been a top 3 RB in the NFL. I know Peterson is better as a runner, but Ray's better as a receiver out of the backfield, which can be just as important especially in today's passer friendly league. So I wouldn't give him Peterson money, but I wouldn't be too far off of it either. He's earned it and they wouldn't have made the playoffs the last 3 years without him.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:52 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

You also have to look at it like with AP, besides being the best in the game at his position, he IS THE ONLY OFFENSIVE WEAPON on his team, no the smae with Rice, he has a QB back there with him that also thinks he shold get the elite money.  The Ravens won't pay them both like that, and if they agree to only one I assure you it'll be the QB and not the RB, longer lifespan has to do with that decision.

Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:51 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Rice is pretty good but even Peterson is overpaid

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:42 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Ray Rice is a phenomenal RB, but Ray, The NFL league is a Passer League.  The WR and TE's have become more important than the RB.  Look at Chris Johnson's contract and now Adrian Person's contract.  Big money, big expectations, and little production.  Why give a RB big money, when the RB position has dwindled in importance.   It is now a "YOU" problem, but REALITY.
I would rather have an elite offensive and defensive lines.  Another factor is your position has a relatively low shell life of 3 yrs.  The Ravens can go out and draft a RB 3rd round, and get some production out of him.  The Ravens need you Ray Rice, but the money you want does not make sense. 

Either think about the team or yourself.  What's more important a chance of a SUPER BOWL, or money for you that could go towards adding extra players?

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:40 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

If you want Adrian Peterson-type money, then be as good as Peterson. Sorry, Rice, you're not there.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:30 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Sorry Ray - You should know the Ravens better than this. NO WAY you get AP money and if you don't budge YOU WILL GET the franchise tag and Bmore will be able to pay you a little over 7 million for one year... DAMN, that is sick money. WTH is wrong with these athletes?

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:28 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Ray Rice is dumb. He's an average back behind a good run blocking line, they can replace him easily.

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:21 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

I am surprised to hear Ray Rice publicly say
this...I thought he was one of those guys like A.P. who are a great athlete, professional,
and actually love the game more than anything (opposed to CJ0K who clearly does
not give a crap and only wanted a check). Now I'm not so sure.  If he would have kept negotiations quiet he
would have gotten the money and not lost some fans along the way. Now he just
seems greedy

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:21 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

The value of RBs is down now. Too hard to predict their performance from year to year. Injuries are a huge risk, too. With today's rules, it's more likely your franchise QB will last the whole season than your franchise RB. Would rather see $60 mil invested in a few stud o-linemen blocking for a serviceable RB who can rush for 900 yards, pick up blitzes, and catch the ball. No AP needed.

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

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'


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