Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has little time left to strike up a new contract. If Rice is not signed to a new deal by the close of NFL business Monday at 4 p.m., then he’ll play this season under a $7.742 million franchise tag. Rice has been M.I.A. from all team activities this offseason, in protest of getting a new contract. Although time is running short, the possibility for a deal to get done is still there. If the two parties come to an agreement, it will likely be around the $40 – $50 million range with about $20 million guaranteed.
Contract negotiations for running backs are usually more complicated due to the fact that their long-term durability is questionable. Injury plagued Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson last season after he just finished signing a contract close to $100 million. Additionally, running backs careers usually don’t last longer than eight or nine years because of the pounding NFL backs take.