May 242012

One day after it was reported that Ray Rice wants Adrian Peterson money (7 years, 96 million, 36 million guaranteed), Jason La Canfora is reporting that Rice and the Ravens are talking. The Ravens reportedly will not even consider giving that much money to Rice, but the fact that they are talking is a good sign. La Canfora has called the talks between the two sides “constructive” and believes the two sides will agree on something in the neighborhood of 8.5 million per year over 5 years with 20-25 million guaranteed.

That contract would be on par with what Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, and Chris Johnson have received in the last calendar year. That contract is also a good guess for what the Bears will give Matt Forte and what the Jaguars will give holdout Maurice Jones Drew. The situation doesn’t sound as bleak as it did yesterday if La Canfora is to be believed and it sounds like the two sides could come to an agreement before Training Camp and avoid a long holdout.

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