The 2011 NFL Season came to an end with many big name superstars heading to free agency or getting franchise tenders from the clubs they have played for.
Four of these superstars shared something in common. They all are franchise running backs who play important roles in their teams' playbook. Now that the signing period came to end, to get franchised players signed long term, all four have another thing in common.
They all have big contracts to pay them like the superstars they are.
You had Matt Forte and Ray Rice landing deals before the deadline after the other two, Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy, both signed earlier in free agency. As you look at these four players, they are all the same type of backs who can put up big rushing numbers but also can be a weapon in the passing game. I'll look at these in order of who is the most important to the team they play with and I will also break down the fantasy outlook for 2012 season.
1) Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens: Rice is t...