Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is seeking a contract that would net him somewhere in the neighborhood of seven-years, $100 million, the same contract Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson signed for last year.
Rice, 25, will most likely be slapped with the team’s franchise tag this month in order to keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. If that were to happen, it would buy the Ravens some more time to negotiate on a long-term deal for the Pro Bowl running back.
Last season, Rice rushed for a career-high 1,364 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 76 passes for 704 yards and three touchdowns. Over the past three seasons, Rice has rushed for at least 1,200 yards and caught 60-or-more passes out of the backfield.
In the three seasons prior to cashing in on his $100 million deal, Peterson averaged 1,480 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
It’s more realistic to think Rice will get a deal similar to what Chris Johnson received from the Tennessee Titans last year, as he signed for a reported $53.5 million over four years.
Obviously the Ravens want to keep Rice, but they will not overpay in order to do so.