There isn’t a lot of rhyme or reason to what players get a “Pay the Man” campaign built around them.
No one cares Wes Welker is wildly underpaid. The Matt Forte contract chatter, on the other hand, is a national discussion. (When LeBron James chimes in, you know things have reached critical mess.)
Ray Rice, whose situation is very comparable to Forte, is in the last year of his contract. No one is campaigning for him.
The next running back likely to get a big public contract push is Arian Foster. Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle writes that it’s about time to show Foster the money.
As an undrafted player, Foster has been playing catchup since he entered the league three seasons ago. The Texans weren’t ready to hand him an extension after his monster 2010 season.
Foster is coming off the October AFC Offensive Player of the Month award. His hamstring troubles and talk that Ben Tate might replace Foster as a starter are distant memoies.
If he keeps running like this, we’d expect the Texans to reward him before the 2012 season starts.