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NFL's 10 Highest-Paid Running Backs

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Where does Ray Rice rank among the league's top earners?



When Ray Rice signed a new five-year contract on Monday, he reportedly became one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL.

Where exactly does he rank among the rest of the league’s top earners?

Here’s a look at the NFL’s 10 highest-paid running backs according to ESPN and their career statistics. (The list is ordered based on guaranteed money).

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (Seven years, $100 million, $36 million guaranteed)
1,406 carries, 6,752 rushing yards, 64 rushing touchdowns, in five seasons.
137 receptions, 1,309 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns

2. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (Four years, $53.5 million, $30 million guaranteed)
1,187 carries, 5,646 rushing yards, 38 rushing touchdowns, in four seasons.
194 receptions, 1,426 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns

3. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (Six years, $60 million, $26 million guaranteed)
553 carries, 2,627 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, in four seasons.
116 receptions, 1,191 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns

4. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (Five years, $40 million, $24 million guaranteed)
959 carries, 4,377 rushing yards, 24 rushing touchdowns, in four seasons.
250 receptions, 2,235 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns

5. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (Five years, $49.3 million, $21 million guaranteed)
2,138 carries, 9,093 rushing yards, 52 rushing touchdowns, in eight seasons.
369 receptions, 3,003 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns

6. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (Five years, $43 million, $21 million guaranteed)
996 carries, 5,047 rushing yards, 38 rushing touchdowns, in six seasons.
134 receptions, 1057 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns

7. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (Five years, $45 million, $20.8 million guaranteed)
635 carries, 3,026 rushing yards, 28 rushing touchdowns, in three seasons.
166 receptions, 1,215 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns

8. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (Five years, $43.5 million, $20.8 guaranteed)
659 carries, 3,097 rushing yards, 29 rushing touchdowns, in three seasons.
127 receptions, 1,314 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns

9. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (Four years, $32 million, $18 million guaranteed)
1,104 carries, 4,233 rushing yards, 21 rushing touchdowns, in four seasons.
223 receptions, 1,985 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns

10. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (Four years, $31 million, $18 million guaranteed)
1,137 carries, 4,542 rushing yards, 35 rushing touchdowns, in five seasons.
143 receptions, 1,020 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns


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