Matt Forte wasn’t the only running back to strike it rich just ahead of the NFL’s franchise tag deadline.
The Baltimore Ravens and Ray Rice reached an agreement on a 5 year, $40 million contract. According to CBSSports’ Jason La Canfora, Rice will receive $17 million in 2012 and $24 million over the first two seasons covering the deal.
With Rice’s deal out of the way, the Ravens can now focus on locking up Joe Flacco to a long term contract.
Although Reed is expected to continue playing at least one more year and has been preparing to play by working out throughout the offseason, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year also said during a radio interview tonight with 105.7 The Fan: “The only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out.”
Reed, 33, is entering the final year of a six-year, $40 million contract and is due a $7.2 million base salary this season.
Reed added: ”This is not about money. This is a business. There’s two sides to every business.”
And Mr. Reed is right – this is a business. Time and time again, we’ve seen NFL teams not live up to their end of a deal by cutting players before their contracts are set to expire. A players only recourse is to engage in a hold out. Hold outs usually end up making the player look selfish in the eyes of fans and the general public, but it really is the only trump card the player may have. The logic of a hold out and whether or not it is a useful tool is debatable. But at the end of the day, it truly is the only option a player has when he is unable to come to an agreement on his true worth to his franchise.
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Maurice Jones-Drew joins Matt Forte & Ray Rice as running backs upset with their contract status.
Seeing as how Jacksonville Jaguars running back signed his 5 year, $31 Million contract back in 2009, W&L pretty much ignored his demands to rework his deal.
However – now that MJD is sitting out mandatory minicamp, he has our full attention.
Jones-Drew is refusing to report to Jaguars camp and is officially in hold out mode. This is a pretty bold move for the Pro-Bowl running back. MJD risks being fined $60,000 for each day missed. Players such as Matt Forte, Ray Rice and Drew Brees are not at risk for these fines due to not being under contract with their respective teams. They have not signed their franchise tag tenders and won’t have to until mid-July.
“He has expressed that he would like to renegotiate and we have expressed, again, that we feel he has a contract with two years left and we expect him to fulfill those obligations,” Smith said.
MJD was the focal point and the only true threat in the Jacksonville offense last season. Jones-Drew rushed for over 1,600 yards and 8 touchdowns last season. He also added on 374 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. Seeing just how bad the Jaguars were last season, they may want to keep their only real playmakers happy and get a new deal done.
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