Don Banks of SI has an interesting article here: Matt Forte, Ray Rice latest top running backs to net big-money contracts - Don Banks - SI.com A pertinent quote: - - - - - And here's the real news flash that Monday's developments underlined: That kind of big-money move at running back is becoming something of the norm, not the exception. And such moves are shooting holes -- or perhaps more accurately, zeros -- in the perception that the league won't pay handsomely for rushing talent. Consider what has transpired in the elite running back market since 2011: -- The Vikings set the bar by giving Adrian Peterson $100 million over seven years, with $36 million guaranteed. -- The Titans finally made nice with Chris Johnson, placating him to the tune of $53.5 million over four years, with $30 million guaranteed. -- The Panthers somewhat surprisingly lavished DeAngelo Williams with a five-year, $43 million deal that guaranteed him $21 million and kept him away from free agency. -- The Seahawks secured the services of Marshawn Lynch with a four-year, $31 million contract that included $18 million guaranteed. -- The Texans paid up for the bargain that Arian Foster has been, giving him five years at $43.5 million, with $20.75 million guaranteed. -- And the Eagles moved aggressively to make LeSean McCoy happy, striking a deal for five years at $45 million, with $20.77 guaranteed. - - - - - Notice who *isn't* paying big money for RBs: Your New England Patriots. They had a chance to re-sign BJGE but didn't want to go higher than Cincinnati's 3 year, $9 million offer. Obviously that contract isn't anything like the guys listed above, but still...the Pats clearly view their RBs as pretty disposable and interchangeable. They like the RB by committee approach and have chosen to spend their dollars elsewhere. Personally, I think the Pats are doing it right. I just wish they'd use the RBs a little more.