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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 21, 2012 10:26 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

If he was on my team, I would want to make sure we locked him up until he was 30. . .I'd want to see 5 year 55-60 million, with 30-35 million guaranteed.  Any more than that, and I'd consider too much of a risk.  But I'd still sign him to more if years if forced, with a higher annual salary coming in the years after the 5th knowing full well that there was little chance he wouldn't get cut or restructured before the 6th year.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:16 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

maybe if ray flexes BOTH biceps he'll get his big payday!!!!!  he is a total TOOL BAG!!!!!  

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:25 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Ahh, yes, Ray Rice.  If there is ONE running back in the NFL out there worth a monster deal, it IS Ray Rice.  Foster is proven to have a little bit of a vagina problem and sorry Matt Forte, but youre damaged goods now.  Pay Ray!  Keep him happy because the Ravens will not have any chance in the next 5-6 years without him.  As far as paying a running back and then having him decline....  Thats not in his character.  He is in a way too tightly woven system for him to be that selfish.  The coaching down to the team comaraderie that is present would make that a non-issue.  

DISCLOSURE::::::  I am not a reporter for CBS or any of its affiliates.  I just make way too much sense sometimes.   

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:17 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

You have a point.  The author didnt present his point properly.  The fact of the matter is that Peterson should not have been taking snaps at that point of the season regardless of an ankle sprain or not.  The season was LOST!  Why are you running a 100 million dollar running back in "garbage time"?  


For those that want to respond with "but Peterson puts fans in the seats!"..........Yes, he does, and if his career is ruined, what will they do from the start of the next season going forward?  HE was injured in what, week 15 or 16?  What were the Vikings chances at a playoff spot at that point in the season?  DUH!!!! 

Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:57 am
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Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:49 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

 i was watching the game where AP tore his ACL......i think it is wrong to blame Frazier for rushing him back too fast from his high ankle sprain......the hit he took on his knee had nothing to do with his ankle.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:21 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

the idea to sit out a prime year to rejuvenate your body is insane.  Everyone's body could use that but unfortunately life gets in the way and these guys are not going to sit out a prime earning year because there is no guarantee that they will last regardless.....stick to fantasy land!!  If someone takes your idea and uses it I'll be the first to apologize....but it will never happen!!!!!

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:20 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:34 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Why do I sense a new wave of RB etiquette in the NFL...  Play your ass off till your first free agent season, then (if I was them) take a year off if your current team won't negotiate a long term deal you like (ie, hold out for your "franchise tag" year)...  But don't waste that year, instead make it work in your favor.  Reinvigorate your body for the 2nd half of your career... Treat it as a "rejuvenation" year, and come back as a free agent, unable to be franchised.

And I'm not thinking of it in a selfish way, I'm thinking it's actually a pretty smart thing to do, because RB's wear down so quickly the 2nd half of their playing days.  Heck, teams might even like the idea...  A fresh stock of proven, veteran running backs.

(The idea struck me because I do this in Fantasy Football most seasons-- take a flier on a RB who's injured to start the season, or on the PUP, knowing I'll have a healthy back, on fresh legs, halfway through the season...  And also knowing RB's are the most likely players to suffer catastrophic, season ending injuries-- being the guys that get hit the most on each team.)

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:00 am

Report: Rice wants a 'Peterson type of contract'

Hold outs rarely work to the player's bennefit. Nothing prepares you for the season like training camp and hold outs are often way behind or get injured early in the season. Rice is the third best running back and hopefully the Ravens never let it come to deciding on a hold out or not.

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