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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...
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Running back Matt Forte has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth $32 million with the Chicago Bears.
The Bears had until later today to make a deal with Forte as he refused to sign his one-year, $7.749 franchise tender.
With 4,233 rushing yards, 1,985 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns in four years, Forte has been very productive for the Bears and earned a long-term deal.
The four-year contract signed by Matt Forte yesterday makes the running back happy, but when looked at as a whole, the Chicago Bears truly won out in this deal.
It has been a long time coming for the Chicago Bears and Matt Forte, but it seems that their stand-still may have come to an end. In the same week that Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints came to an agreement,it now seems that Forte and the Bears have done the same.
Here is the tweet from Sean Jensen of the Chicago-Sun Times:
BREAKING: #Bears finalizing what is expected to be...
The Bears and running back Matt Forte agreed to a four-year contract Monday, hours before the deadline for franchise players to sign new deals. ESPN reported the deal will have an average value of $8 million per season. Had Forte not signed a new agreement, he would have played under a one-year, $7.749 million franchise tender. In four seasons with the Bears, Forte has averaged...
Under the gun of today's deadline for franchise players to agree to multi-year contracts with their teams, the Chicago Bears agreed to terms with running back Matt Forte. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, who broke word of the deal, indicates it's a four-year deal. Financial terms have not yet been confirmed, but Adam Schefter notes the deal averages about $8 million...
After all the haggling over guaranteed money and how many years, the Ravens and their franchise player, running back Ray Rice, agreed to a five-year deal. Reports have said the deal is worth $40 million for an average of $8 million per season.
Here’s the tricky part. The Ravens will be paying Rice $17 million this season. That’s one very large chunk of change. Additionally, he...
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have hammered out a five-year, $40 million contract with Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, beating an NFL deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals.
Rice will make $25 million in the first two years and $17 million in the first.
According to Peter King of SI.com, the Baltimore Ravens and running back Ray Rice have agreed on a new multi-year deal.
Rice’s new contract is worth $40 million over five years, with $25 million guaranteed and $17 million in one season, per Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.
There’s no question the Ravens had to get Rice under contract and they did just...
After more than a year of negotiations, the Chicago Bears have finally signed their Pro Bowl running back, inking Matt Forte to a four-year contract this afternoon.
CHICAGO—Matt Forte’s contract saga was only second to Drew Brees’ in terms of the stakes and the drama that was involved.
The RB is now guaranteed to be in camp on time after he skipped OTAs and mini-camp while he was fishing for a new deal after he was franchised back in March.
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We are inching closer to another exciting Fantasy Football season and it all starts right here with heavy preparation for draft season. To kick things off, we have released our initial rankings for the 2012 Fantasy Football Draft.
Leading the pack for a second straight year is the Texans' stud Running Back Arian Foster. He was a questionable #1 last season with injury concerns...
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: RB Player Name Ryan
All Experts Arian Foster 1 1 1 1 1 view Ray Rice 3 2 2 2 2 view LeSean McCoy 2 3 3 3 3 view Maurice Jones-Drew 4 5 5 5 4 view Chris Johnson 5 4 6 6 5 view Ryan Mathews 6 8 4 4 6 view Matt Forte 10 6 7 7 7 view Darren McFadden 7 7 10 10 8 view DeMarco...
Running backs may well have a short shelf life in the NFL. But Len Pasquarelli says the massive contracts signed by Ray Rice and Matt Forte on Monday once again proves that teams pay lip service to the notion that feature backs are a poor long-term investment.