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Ray Rice wants Adrian Peterson money

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Ravens running back Ray Rice is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month, and given that there’s been no progress on talks for a long-term deal, Baltimore will surely use the franchise tag to keep Rice in place.

That may lead to months of negotiations between Rice and the Ravens, and Peter King writes at SI.com this morning that Rice wants an Adrian Peterson-like contract. Peterson signed a seven-year, $100 million contract in September, with $36 million guaranteed and $40 million in the first three years.

Is Rice worth that much? It’s easy to see why he and his agent think he is. Rice is one of the best running backs in the NFL and probably has a better chance than Peterson of staying near the top of the league for several years to come, given that Rice is almost two years younger than Peterson and has probably taken less wear and tear on his body than Peterson had when he signed his deal. (It goes without saying that Rice has taken less wear and tear on his body now, after Peterson suffered a torn ACL.)

However, it’s also easy to see why the Ravens would be extremely reluctant to give Rice that kind of money. Running backs have proven to be fungible, prone to injury and susceptible to sudden declines in the quality of their play, and NFL teams that give lucrative long-term deals to running backs often live to regret it. Would the Titans still give Chris Johnson a huge contract knowing that he would have career lows in yards, yards per carry and touchdowns last year? Would the Panthers still give DeAngelo Williams a huge contract knowing that he would average 52 yards a game last year? Would the Vikings still give Peterson that contract knowing he was going to tear his ACL less than four months later?

So while the Ravens are reportedly ready to start talking to Rice’s agent at the Scouting Combine, starting to talk and working out a deal are very different things. What the Ravens would rather do is have Rice play for the one-year franchise tender of $7.7 million.

The wild card in all this is that there might be a team out there willing to sign Rice to a long-term deal and give up the two first-round draft picks they would have to surrender to the Ravens if Baltimore doesn’t match the offer. Rice just turned 25 and hasn’t had any significant injuries, and if some team out there is in awe of the idea of getting five seasons of Rice’s services before his 30th birthday, maybe someone other than the Ravens will offer him Adrian Peterson money.

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  1. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 20, 2012 9:05 AM

    Ray wants Adrian Peterson money? So do I…

    How odd……

  2. jessieboom says: Feb 20, 2012 9:09 AM

    I’d say he probably deserves that. I dont think he’s anywhere near the talent level of Peterson, but his teams success is very dependent upon him.

  3. haileli says: Feb 20, 2012 9:12 AM

    If I was a member of the Ravens front office, I’d be happy to match Peterson’s yearly salary. He has earned that right. But 7 years? That’s a dangerous proposition. Maybe Rice will turn out to be one of the few exceptions to the 30 year rule, but it’s unlikely. He may only be 25, but he already has a lot of tread on his tires. I’m not expert on the cap, but it would seem sensible to offer him a 5-year contract with a signing bonus comparable to what he would receive in a longer deal. Rice could get a huge payday up front, and Baltimore could be comfortable knowing that they’re not committed to Rice beyond that magic number. If Rice wants the 7-year deal, though, I think Ozzie lets him if he gets the offer. It’s not all about talent. You have to be reasonable about how it affects you financially 3-4 years down the road. We all know which teams always manage to shoot themselves in the foot by not planning long-term.

  4. jgrange08 says: Feb 20, 2012 9:15 AM

    So your rb wants to be the highest paid rb and your qb wants top 5 qb money…good luck

  5. khuxford says: Feb 20, 2012 9:17 AM

    Props for using “fungible”. Had to look that up.

  6. nepatsfan4life says: Feb 20, 2012 9:19 AM

    I can’t see him going to a non contender just gt money. Most of the teams with significant cap space have primary backs. Could the Lions possibly be a sleeper team in this all. Their offense is one running back away from being nearly unstoppable and Rice is the perfect back for their system.

  7. sj39 says: Feb 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    Fungible? Put down the damn thesaurus and talk like a sportswriter.

  8. humbleminded85 says: Feb 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    Here comes all the hateful comments from non Ravens fans, just like the 150+ non Ravens fans who love to talk about Flacco. Hate on kids…hate on.

  9. ebeg420 says: Feb 20, 2012 9:22 AM

    And Joe Flacco’s mustache wants top 5 QB $$$$$$$

    See what winning SB’s does to your team?
    Sorry, I meant, see what choking in big games does to your team?

    People are ripping the Giants for wanting raises, but they have the hardware to back their arguments up!!!

    And this is coming from an Eagles fan, that actually likes Baltimore……..at least the Eagles players all didn’t demand raises after we made 5 NFC Championship Games in a 9 year span……
    Why??? Because they know they didn’t get the job done!!

  10. raqaiw says: Feb 20, 2012 9:30 AM

    He has led the league in yardage twice in his 4 years, but you can’t pay a RB 10M a year anymore, it’s cap stupid. QB/WR are about the only guys on O getting that kind of cash, maybe a good OT too.

  11. myspaceyourface says: Feb 20, 2012 9:30 AM

    He and Flacco are delusional. . .

    They talk an A game but geeze come on. Top 5 money for both of them. . . . PLEASE SPARE ME

  12. jimnsota says: Feb 20, 2012 9:31 AM

    Bad idea to sign a rb to long term,big money deal. Signed the MN Vikings. RB are a dime a dozen. Look at the best teams in this league if you cant throw you cant win.

  13. gcsuk says: Feb 20, 2012 9:33 AM

    Would the Panthers still give DeAngelo Williams a huge contract knowing that he would average 52 yards a game last year?
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    You CAN’T use that as an example. Everyone knew the Panthers were idiots when they gave Williams that contract. They didn’t have to wait until the season played out.

  14. edgarpoe2 says: Feb 20, 2012 9:35 AM

    Rice never complained or tried to renegotiate his rookie contract, even though he was one of the top running backs in the NFL.

    I say he’s due for a substantial increase. Also, in the NFL, contracts are only guaranteed from year to year. A 7-year contract doesn’t necessarily mean seven years.

  15. mitchitized says: Feb 20, 2012 9:39 AM

    Rice definitely is in a stronger position than Flacco, although it is difficult for me as a Steelers fan to like either (and I do).

    Flacco needs two more years of really solid, CONSISTENT play to command the money his agent thinks he deserves. Can he do it? I think so, but there’s a big difference between potential and reality.

    Rice, on the other hand, could easily get snatched up by some of these teams with massive cap space looking for a feature back.

    Like the Bengals and their whopping $60M – rumor has it that they could happily make a run at Mike Wallace with an offer the Steelers couldn’t match due to no cap space – all it takes is one team that has a ton of cap space and a big need for a dependable back, and it’s a done deal.

    And, like the Steelers, if that were to happen to the Ravens, it’s up to the front office to make sure that the extra draft picks are fully realized.

  16. greatdanton77 says: Feb 20, 2012 9:43 AM

    If Peterson deserves that kind of money then so does Ray.

    I don’t think the Vikings would lose anymore games than they did without Peterson but the Ravens wouldn’t make it as far without Ray.

    Pay dat man his muhney…
    -Teddy KGB

  17. haileli says: Feb 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    “at least the Eagles players all didn’t demand raises after we made 5 NFC Championship Games in a 9 year span……
    Why??? Because they know they didn’t get the job done!!”

    I beg to differ. Sheldon Brown, Shawn Andrews, T.O, Corey Simon, Lito Sheppard, and Brian Westbrook all whined about their pay at some point during that stretch. How many Giants are currently demanding raises? I know Osi is, but who else? And at least the Giants won it all…more than I can say for the Eagles.

  18. FinFan68 says: Feb 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    Peterson is not worth Peterson money and neither is Rice. RBs are not nearly as important in the NFL of today. Sure, he is very good but why break the bank when there are serviceable young guys coming into the league every year? They likely would not be as good as Rice but they could fill the void fairly well.

  19. reed20ravens says: Feb 20, 2012 9:46 AM

    because he has the damn right to. he accounts for almost 65% of our offense.

  20. edgarcaetano says: Feb 20, 2012 9:46 AM

    This is getting outta hand..

    soon Lardarius Webb will be wanting Darrelle Revis-money (not that he doesn’t deserve it, i’m just sayin)

    .

  21. edgarcaetano says: Feb 20, 2012 9:48 AM

    @jimnsota Ray Rice can throw, he threw a TD pass to Ed Dickson last season :) guy can do it all

  22. mrslay1 says: Feb 20, 2012 9:52 AM

    I think they are both nut’s. Nobody gives that kind of deal to a running back if their smart. Look what happened to Peterson. How about McFadden and on and on and on. Rice deserves to be paid high on a short term deal, but running backs never hang around for to long at the top level. Flaco is in a dream world. He is a good QB but top 5? please! The Ravans win because of their defense and overall team. They have a very avarage offense and scores much because of the feild position the defense gets them in. There are backup QB’s all over the league as good as him that would love to play for a TEAM like the Ravens, and for a lot less money. The best players on the Ravans offense is the OL. Give them some money for making the holes that Rice runs through and give Flaco time to throw!

  23. jimmysee says: Feb 20, 2012 9:52 AM

    nepatsfan4life says:
    Feb 20, 2012 9:19 AM

    I can’t see him going to a non contender just gt money. Most of the teams with significant cap space have primary backs. Could the Lions possibly be a sleeper team in this all. Their offense is one running back away from being nearly unstoppable and Rice is the perfect back for their system.

    ————————————————————-

    Mainly thanks to Megatron and his $20 mil+ cap number, the Loins can’t be a player, here.

  24. davidjcu says: Feb 20, 2012 9:57 AM

    The biggest issue is that Ray Rice is incredibly productive but that productive period is completely uncertain. Look at Chris Johnson, who knows if Rice can be equally productive for 5 more years, 2 more years, or 7 more years. But I will say, if Ravens want to win a superbowl they absolutely cannot win without Rice, and need to concentrate on the guy handing him the ball.

  25. briggsisbrokeagain says: Feb 20, 2012 9:57 AM

    The NFL will most likely have Foster, Rice and Forte all franchise tagged this season. Which team signs their RB first? They all want Peterson money and the teams seem willing to let them go after one year with a tag.

  26. haileli says: Feb 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    Sorry, I meant to say aside from Rice and Flacco.

  27. gridassassin says: Feb 20, 2012 10:09 AM

    They should all ask for Adrian Peterson money, as that’s the high mark. None of them will get it though.

    In today’s NFL, I’d tag ‘em twice and let ‘em limp away after the 2013 season. Look how quickly Shaun Alexander and Priest Holmes hit the the wall after being dominant. You could argue LT and Marshall Faulk also…. RBs careers typically start tailing off after they turn 27 anyways….

    It’s a PASSING league now. I don’t recall seeing any premier RBs in the Super Bowl. And outside of Rice, none of the ‘top RBs’ were even in the playoffs. RBs are too susceptible to injuries considering the hits and punishment they take.

  28. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:10 AM

    Rice deserves to be one of the top paid backs in the league – no question in my mind. As a Steelers fan I see Ray Rice in my nightmares. Kid can straight up play.

    So if you give Rice a big contract that he deserves, what does that do with your negotiations with Flacco? He seems to be sensitive to begin with and the office showing their long term commitment to Rice might make him mad

  29. myspaceyourface says: Feb 20, 2012 10:12 AM

    I like when Patrick Willis told Ray Rice, “you don’t need to do all this talking, we know your good”

    Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Rice barely uttered a word the rest of the game.

  30. rascalmanny says: Feb 20, 2012 10:19 AM

    Careful.

    Ask Titans fans what they think of paying a RB big money.

    Can you say “CJ”?

  31. cbass59 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:19 AM

    I hope he gets it. Name a team that’s won the SB with a top earning RB.

    Minn? Nope. Tenn? Nope. Indy won it after they let E. James go. Steelers won over Ariz with backup RBs. Same with GB last year.

  32. duerson1985 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:20 AM

    he wants AP money, but hes going to get Forte money..franchise tag!

  33. noquickreactionshere says: Feb 20, 2012 10:23 AM

    mrslay1 says:
    Feb 20, 2012 9:52 AM
    I think they are both nut’s. Nobody gives that kind of deal to a running back if their smart. Look what happened to Peterson. How about McFadden and on and on and on. Rice deserves to be paid high on a short term deal, but running backs never hang around for to long at the top level. Flaco is in a dream world. He is a good QB but top 5? please! The Ravans win because of their defense and overall team. They have a very avarage offense and scores much because of the feild position the defense gets them in. There are backup QB’s all over the league as good as him that would love to play for a TEAM like the Ravens, and for a lot less money. The best players on the Ravans offense is the OL. Give them some money for making the holes that Rice runs through and give Flaco time to throw!

    _______________________________

    You started off so good…. the question to be asking is not “Is Ray Rice worth this money” the question should be “Are any running Backs worth this money” the answer is no. The Running Back position is not with this much, there are too many of them and their careers are too short.

    Then you went on… What backups all over the league are as good as Flacco? I hear the Flacco bashing all the time and while I dont’ get the people who think he isn’t a top 12-13 guy… i won’t even listen to someone who says there are sevearl backups who could do the same thing. Why have they not? There are other good defenses in the NFL and good running backs. Why did the vikings not make the playoffs this year? Or each of the previous 4 years? Why did San Fran finally get over the hump this year? What about Miami the past 6 years? Why did the Ravens not win it all in 2003, 2005, 2006??

    And you lost everything else when you said the Ravens OL are their best players on offense…. you do realize this is by far and away their greatest weakness?? Have you ever watched a Ravens game? The Ravens this year had a patchwork OL with a 16 year vet at center and a guy who was cut from Minnisota and signed days before the final preseason game at LT (In case you dont’ know Center and Left Tackle are the most important spots on the line). Not to mention Oher moving to RT weeks before the season starts.

    Try again

  34. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 20, 2012 10:26 AM

    Sorry, running backs…you just aren’t as critical as you used to be. The o- line and QB are what matters in modern NFL offenses. Rb’s are dime a dozen, easy to find. A shame, but it’s the way it is…

  35. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Feb 20, 2012 10:26 AM

    Hell, we would probably trade Ray Jr. straightup for 2 No. 1 picks, then sign Arian Foster!

  36. mobuccsfan says: Feb 20, 2012 10:28 AM

    In response to one of the earlier commenters…about wallace going to the Bengals. Wouldn’t it be something to see them land him and steal away Rice somehow. Plus a solid draft to shore up their o-line and defense. Man, the Bengals could be scary. JMO. Two scenarios I want for the Superbowl, if not next season, then very soon: Lions vs. Texans and Lions vs. Bengals. Just think those would be both great and entertaining, plus a team that has never won the big game would finally win one! As a general fan of the game I think that would be awesome!

  37. ninefingers9 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:32 AM

    Anyone who thinks Rice is in the same class as Peterson …is an idiot!

  38. shadowgm1 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:33 AM

    Thought it was interesting that Greg Schiano left Rutgers this particular season to become the head coach of a team in need of a speedster starter at RB which Blount’s aggressive style can complement. Doubtful it will happen, especially with the Ravens being able to franchise tag him, but if contract negotiations drag out I would not be surprised to start hearing talk about two firsts and a second from either this or the 2013 draft to secure Rice from the Ravens. The value of both the Bucs #5 selection and the Ravens own #29 selection would be more than enough to get talent starved Minnesota to move down two spots and add another late first selection (to an already late first caliber pick in their high second rounder). It would also be enough for the Ravens to jump up and grab Trent Richardson, a la the Colts trading Marshall Faulk to go up and get Edgerrin James. If I’m the scouting staff and management team in Baltimore, I’m working on the pros and cons of this deal and which individual would bring more to the table and be a better investment. Off the top of my head, I would think Richardson could be locked down longer for much less than a player with some wear. Food for thought…

  39. shadowgm1 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:35 AM

    Also, didn’t the Bucs clear some $60 million worth of cap space last week? Undeniably, they have their eyes on something.

  40. 0sakpo says: Feb 20, 2012 10:41 AM

    This is wat happen wen u stay too close to the Redskins where money isnt a big deal to the owner. JEALOUS!???!?!!!?!! LOL

  41. pats54 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:47 AM

    Rice has been solid. Unfortunately the current trend shows that RBs peak to get a payday and then production drops. I know how dangerous Rice can be but no way he’s worth Peterson money unless it was tied with incentives.

  42. hutch119 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:54 AM

    For such a mediocre offense they sure want a lot of money.

  43. finfan1622 says: Feb 20, 2012 11:02 AM

    If they let Rice go, who is their top 5 QB supposed to throw to???

  44. cliffordc05 says: Feb 20, 2012 11:05 AM

    If Rice and his agent are talking AP money then Rice will be franchised. Then the negotiations will begin.

  45. qj1984 says: Feb 20, 2012 11:19 AM

    @ebeg420

    You are so off base its ridiculous. I guess you missed the part where Ray Rice is an UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT. It’s not like he’s under contract and asking for a raise. He’s negotiating a contract that would keep him with the team. If anybody thought Rice was going to go back to playing for near the league minimum (500k is what he was making before) they are out of their minds.

    Flacco is going into the last year of his rookie contract as well. And the Ravens approached him about a new contract, not the other way around. The Ravens owner last offseason made it known that he wanted Flacco locked up this offseason.

    So, again its not like these guys are holding out or anything like that.

  46. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Feb 20, 2012 11:20 AM

    Hey you can’t hate on him for trying. These guys beat the hell out of themselves and never get the guaranteed money like baseball and b-ball. Will he get AP money? Prob not, but that’s why he has an agent.

  47. tluke25 says: Feb 20, 2012 11:22 AM

    The Running Back position isn’t the same as it was in the 1980′s. Your starting running back isn’t even on the field for half of your offensive plays. Teams don’t want to use up 1/10th of their salary cap on that position. The Titans and Vikings are the only 2 teams to shell out big bucks to their running backs and neither team is going to make the playoffs anytime soon.

    Look at all the teams that have used a 1st rounder on a RB over the past 6 years. Most of the guys aren’t even starting and if they are they realize the backup does just the same (NE, IND, PITT, BUF and many, many more) Those teams would have been better off selecting another player. Also, would you invest in a player that becomes over the hill at age 28? Putting your money in a running back is dumb logic.

  48. noquickreactionshere says: Feb 20, 2012 11:23 AM

    finfan1622 says:
    Feb 20, 2012 11:02 AM
    If they let Rice go, who is their top 5 QB supposed to throw to???

    _____________________________

    My guess would be the two guys who caught more yards than Rice in the regular season….

    Bigger question is how will they replace is 2.8 yards per carry in the playoffs you know the 67,57, 32, 60, 67, and one total touchdown in the previous 5 playoff games. Yea those are 100 million dollar numbers….

    He has been very good so pay him… but pay him as a running back, don’t give him CJ or AP numbers because those guys shouldn’t have what they have. Two best running backs in the game and they are far overpaid. Glad their teams spent 30 million to finish in 3rd place….

  49. phinfan says: Feb 20, 2012 11:27 AM

    Don’t confuse football fans with words like fungible! lol

  50. vegaskid21 says: Feb 20, 2012 11:37 AM

    They should pay Rice and tell Flacco to take a hike or a paycut.

  51. jprcox says: Feb 20, 2012 11:40 AM

    DONT give him the money he wants. Trust me, as a Seahawk fan who saw our team pay Shawn Alexander only to see him go from NFL MVP and rushing champ that year to unemployed 2 years later …. its a crock.

    These guys play hard til they get their money and then they ask themselves “why risk hurting myself now that I have all this money to spend??”

    Just move on…

  52. pilot2011 says: Feb 20, 2012 11:41 AM

    When you’re running back averages over 5 yards per carry, then he probably deserves big money. (Deangelo Williams)… But, his offense only has him carrying the ball around 7 times a game, thus that is the reason he averages 52 yards a game.

    Not the player, but the offense he is in… Good try tho, you guys have been trying to take cheap shots on Williams ever since he got his money.

    When the Panthers get this offense down pat, I don’t think any defense will stop it… Williams/Stewart and Newton all average over 5 yards a carry, and Newton also throws it for 4000? Good luck stopping that.

  53. dogluverssuck says: Feb 20, 2012 12:23 PM

    He should get more because he is a dual threat and Peterson is just a runner and not much of a threat in the passing game.

  54. jongrif851 says: Feb 20, 2012 12:30 PM

    There’s a very SIMPLE SOLUTION to Rice’s quest and Flacco’s quest for more money …. And this would apply to all 32 teams
    A. Pay them (Rice / Flacco / Osi and anyone else seeking pay raises or new contracts) a decent BASE salary
    B. Load the contract with incentives
    C. The teams buy standard insurance policies against the players being hurt – if they are injured to the point the player has to retire the policy pays off and the team is off the hook. And the player gets his money
    D. The league allows this across the board and it brings everyone in under the salary caps because it’s all tied to performance

    No one is going to slack off if they know that for every TD or sack or reception above a base amount is going to pay them more money.

    However, there should be an independent arbitrator who determines the Base Number for each individual NOT the team.

    I. E. Welker has averaged over 100 receptions but we all know he does have a potential knee problem so as an Independent aritrator I might set his base figure at 75 to 80 receptions and then pay say 25K for the next 10 receptions then maybe 50K for the next ten etc etc

    Tie it all to PERFORMANCE then you would not have the problems like mentioned in Seattle above

    That will get the players attentions!!!

  55. watermelon1 says: Feb 20, 2012 12:31 PM

    You don’t win by running the ball. League rules forbid it. The ravens would be stupid to pay rice over improving their offensive line and linebackers, or getting a defensive end like mario williams or even the older Umenyora(sp?) to play opposite Suggs. I’d even take one of the many free agent receivers this year over worrying about paying rice. You can always replace a running back.

  56. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    I think Ray is awesome but is not worth that much money. Put Ray Rice on the Vikings and Adrian Peterson on the Ravens, and there would be no discussion.

  57. joerevs300 says: Feb 20, 2012 1:04 PM

    For the Bengals I think a move to try and pry Rice away from Baltimore makes sense on so many levels. Take Rice away from Baltimore’s offense and what’s left? He’s the reason Flacco can go down the field. Without him teams could drop 5-6 into coverage and dare Baltimore to run on them. Bet Flacco doesn’t get his “top 5″ money then.

    But unfortunately, Mike Brown is as tight with money as Uncle Scrooge, and while CIN has the picks they don’t have the owner who can pull the trigger.

    So likely what happens is Rice gets tagged and ends up threatening to hold out, but comes back and the Ravens are in contention for the AFC again.

  58. n0hopeleft says: Feb 20, 2012 1:11 PM

    ebeg420 says:
    Feb 20, 2012 9:22 AM
    People are ripping the Giants for wanting raises, but they have the hardware to back their arguments up!!!

    ___________________________________

    People rip the Giants for everything.

    “They play in NJ so they should be the NJ Giants.” Do the Cowboys play in Dallas? Do the Redskins play in Washington?

    “Eli looks like a retard.” Did your QB win 2 Superbowl MVPs, and score damn near GENIUS on the wonderlic test? You couldn’t be more wrong on this one.

    “The Giants are loudmouthed punks and need a piece of humble pie.” If you had twice as many critics than any other football team hating on you every single week, and you proved them wrong about every single playoff game – you wouldn’t stick it back in their face when given the chance? NO? THEN YOU’RE A PANSY.

    Keep the hate coming. We love it.

  59. tenteamparlay00799 says: Feb 20, 2012 1:12 PM

    Playoff Game vs. New England
    January 22,2012

    Ray Rice Stats
    ——————-
    21 carries 67 yds. 3.2 avg.

    1 reception 11 yds. 11.o avg.

    Not very clutch “little Ray”.

    No big money for “playoff chokers”.

  60. KIR says: Feb 20, 2012 2:05 PM

    I laugh at these football experts who want to compare an entire O Line to 1 RB. Of course 5 players are more important than 1 RB. Now tell me which O Lineman on the Ravens is more important than Rice? Tell me what individual player(s) on the entire Ravens team are more important than Rice? I’ll wait for your answer. Then you can tell me 1) How easy Ray is to replace 2) How much Ray is worth.

  61. evan2442 says: Feb 20, 2012 3:01 PM

    Listen, when Ray Rice “says he wants Peterson money ” or Flacco “says he wants Top 5 money”, you have to take it with a grain of salt. It’s not them who’s saying these things, it’s their agents. And can you blame them? THAT’S THEIR JOB! The agents job is to get as much for their client (and themselves) as they possibly can. This is part of something called a “ne-go-ti-a-tion”. You start high, the team says no, and you take it from there. The Ravens have always done a good job keeping their best players in house and knowing when to let certain good ones go. However this all works out, the Ravens will be contenders. My prediction: Rice gets tagged, Flacco signs at beginning of training camp, Webb gets 1st round tender, JJ is gone along with Grubbs, Redding, Evans, Cundiff, Foxworth, Ayanbedejo. Draft a OG to replace Grubbs.

  62. sudz28 says: Feb 21, 2012 8:25 AM

    With any luck they’ll totally botch this and Ray Rice will get pissed and the Steelers can pick him up. It’s been years since we’ve had a dependable game-breaking runner like Rice, and the Ravens don’t treat him right another team will be more than happy to!! COME ON OVER TO THE DARK SIDE RAY!!! The Gold and Black await!!!

  63. bunkmcnulty says: Feb 21, 2012 10:22 AM

    Love the fungible word…you mean people had to look that up?

    I find Steelers fans (except for Deb) as fungible. Come on sudz28! You mean Mendenhall isn’t all that? To listen to Steelers fans I did not think there was one Ravens player up to your teams standards.

  64. bebopa says: Feb 23, 2012 7:28 PM

    this a very good very versatile player, as a Raven fan i say pay him, do what you have to to keep him a Raven.

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