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Rice might not want to mention Peterson

Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:24 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 6:03 pm
 

Memo to Ray Rice: Don't use the name of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's name in your contract talks.

All the Baltimore Ravens need to do is point to Peterson as a reason why Rice, the team's star runner, shouldn't get a huge contract, much like the one Peterson signed last year and much like the one he reportedly wants.

Peterson, you see, is coming off a major knee injury. While medicine and Peterson's drive will help him overcome what was once a career-shortening injury, there's no saying for certain he will be the same player.

Vikings fans hope he will be.

Football fans, in general, should too.

But there are no guarantees with backs with major knee injuries. That's why it's so risky to pay free-agent backs long-term deals.

Rice is still young at 25 and the Ravens would be wise to lock him up to a long-term deal, but only if it's the right price. They can't go nuts. Backs just aren't worth it -- even great ones.

The Giants just won a Super Bowl with the 32nd-ranked running game in the NFL. Need more proof?

Peterson signed a seven-year, $100-million contract last September with $40 million in the first three years.

Whether he lives up that deal is uncertain now. He's young enough that he can bounce back, but the question we don't have the answer to is whether he will be the same.

Running backs are being phased out of the offenses. Teams are using two more than ever. They're also throwing it more.

So again I say this to Ray Rice: Don't mention Peterson, or Chris Johnson for that matter, in your contract talks.

Category: NFL
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Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:15 am
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

"The just won a Super Bowl with the 32nd-ranked running game in the NFL. Need more proof?"

during the regular season they avg under 90yds/gm and only 3.5 per rush, but when bradshaw came back healthy in the postseason they avg 116yds/gm and 4.2per rush. Why do you get paid to do this crisco



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:40 am
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

When was the last time a highly paid RB won a super bowl?Looking back maybe Emmitt Smith in 1996....



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:34 am
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

Good article, Pete.  Running backs are more important in Fantasy Football than in real football.  Rice is a stud.  That being said, the NFL GM's are now enamored w/ offenses featuring 'athletic' QBs. QBs will be the RB-factor come hell or high water.  The league IS pass happy. Deal w/ it, boys.  And...what exactly has the Vikings accomplished lately w/ AP?  Favre and the passing game got them in the NFC Champ game...NOT Peterson.



Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:32 am
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

I think, and maybe my memory is going on me, that he beat your team in the last drive with his arm 2 out of the last 3 games and demolished you with it in the other one.



Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:32 am
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

@frankeefrank ....

Flawed thinking once again frankee.  Knee surgery is not routine.  And, by the way, if you want to continue to price the real fans out of stadiums, continue to promote the idea that these clowns should make exorbinant sums.  You are the reason these idiots spout off about how much they are worth.  I will never understand why the regular fan keeps telling teams to pay these athletes so much.  So that you can watch your boss's boss go to games?  I quit going to any pro sporting event two years ago, and I make plenty of money.  I just refuse to pay for this insanity.  Really frank, is Ray Rice worth $14 or $15 million a year?  Baltimore would need to sign Rice to get that much money's worth?  Come on, man.  


I actually agree with you, though, on your last point, but for different reasons.  I say teams should let these idiots go to bad situations for all that money (see Albert Haynesworth and numerous others).  Enough marriages for money will eventually lead to more pre-nups.   



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:23 pm
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

Running backs are now irrelevant. It is the QB era and that is not going to change any time soon. No team in the near future will win a Super Bowl without having a Super QB.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:25 pm
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

I like Ray Rice.  He's a shifty runner with a low center of gravity that hardly ever fumbles.  But let's be real.  You can't swing a dead cat and not hit a quality RB.  RBs just shouldn't make that kind of money.  Peterson, Chris Johnson, Frank Gore, Michael Turner, Darren McFadden, et. al.  Spend the money on the offensive line and your RBs, WRs and QB will thrive.  I say franchise Rice for a year, maybe again next year, and then let him walk.  Sign Grubbs to a deal, draft a center, and find some fast hungry FA or a productive RB in the third round.  I'd never pay a RB that kind of money.



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

Ironcity, Flacco won the New England game "with his arm", Evans lost the game with his hands. Funny you mention Eli Manning and his recent success, do you realize Flacco absolutely craps on Eli's numbers after 4 years, it's not even close. Not seeing Flacco will become what Eli is now but you contradict yourself left and right.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:13 pm
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

Flawed thinking once again Petey.
This isn't 1995, knee surgeries are routine these days.
If you don't want to pay guys, then send them to teams what will...
 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:06 pm
 

Rice might not want to mention Peterson

It is a passing league but didn't Rice lead his team in receptions too???


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