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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: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:19 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

TuckYou absolutely nailed it. Good post! Rice is a great player, but he plays at a position that doesnt require greatness for a team to succeed.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:18 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

That's how us "normal people" look at it but you should know better when it comes to professional athletes and their agents. Money is loyalty. Rice is a good dude and I'm not saying otherwise but C.R.E.A.M. is what it's about. Plus an agent isn't going to come out of the gate low-balling and he should be fired if he does.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:17 am
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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:16 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

They will probably give a ton of guaranteed money and then back load the rest of the deal. His agent is probably going to be looking for either 3 years or 7 years. Either give him a chance to hit the market for another big contract or set him up to retire as a Raven.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:13 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

I live in Baltimore and it is crazy that all the talk is about Flacco and his contract situation and he isn't up until after NEXT season. Rice is an absolute stud should be compensated like it (even though I think no athletes are truly "worth" the money they make). He IS the Ravens offense. I believe he is a better all-around running back than AP. The man had more receptions than many number 1 receivers on other teams. I know the long-term vision of an organization is going to revolve around a QB over a RB but the Ravens are a well run organization who will take care of their own when the time comes and Rice is one of their own.  I don't see the sense it tagging him this year with Flacco coming up next year. They need to lock him in long-term so they can shift their focus to Flacco. 

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:10 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

No way I would give Rice AP money.  He is a great back but running backs are easier to find then WR's or QB's -  any team that gives a RB $100 M is foolish.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:06 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

I think Ray Rice is worth keeping on your team, but I wouldn't go crazy in order to keep him.  Chris Johnson held out for a ton of money and he struggled last year.  I think Ray Rice should show some loyalty and stay with the Ravens and sign for "reasonable" money.  He's a millionaire, so what's the real difference?  

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:46 am

Report: Ray Rice wants 'Adrian Peterson money'

Ray rice is worth more then a 5 yr 43 mil.. this guy may not be the runnner ap is but he sure is a better overall player.. He blocks, runs damn good, and is one hell of a pass catcher. I think when giving this kid(he is still only 25) a contract he needs a good one. He is by far the most important piece in that offense. He is worthy of 6 yr 62 mil.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:46 am

Report: Ray Rice wants 'Adrian Peterson money'

Well said TuckYou.... not knocking the guy, loved watching him play last year (except the game my fantasy team played him).  Like you said... I just can't see spending that much on him, or anyone.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:45 am

Report: Ray Rice wants 'Adrian Peterson money'

As do I...  but, I know I'm not worth it. Cool

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