3 NFL Stars Who Must Be Paid Now
The majority of NFL players are inked with OTAs upon us and training camp less than two months away.
However, a select group of legitimate stars remain unhappy with their current situation as their respective team's franchise player.
While the money is fabulous for a franchise guy, there's no long-term security.
We're into June—these three household names need to get paid.
The contract dispute between the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees has dragged on long enough.
The team's in dire need of a jolt of good news and their elite quarterback wants the security of a long-term deal.
Sure, he's 33 years old, but he hasn't missed a game since joining the Saints in 2006, has led them to a Super Bowl title and demolished Dan Marino's single-season passing yards record last year.
He'll receive $14.4 million playing as the team's franchise player in 2012, but what happens after that?
They need to get a deal done as soon as possible to ensure Brees is a happy man in training camp this summer, and to let him finish his illustrious career in New Orleans.
The Chicago Bears have done everything in the 2012 offseason to gear up for a legitimate Super Bowl run.
Well, almost everything.
Matt Forte is still in agony over his contract situation and deserves to get at least a two- or three-year extension on his current deal.
He was the life force of the Bears last season, and even with added receiving weapons for Jay Cutler, you know Forte will remain a vital part of Chicago's passing game due to his elusiveness and yards-after-the-catch ability.
The 26-year-old runner is set to make $7.7 million in 2012, but rewarding him for what he's done statistically for the Bears since 2008 and keeping him around during the prime of his career would be an intelligent decision by Chicago's front office.
With a quarterback who has the tendency to encounter stretches of prolonged ineffectiveness, the Baltimore Ravens are lucky to have the multifaceted dynamo that is Ray Rice.
He led the NFL with 2,068 yards from scrimmage in 2011, and the Ravens were undefeated during the regular season when Rice received more than 13 carries.
At the crisp age of 25, Rice is in the prime of his career and doesn't have a major injury in his past.
He was made the team's franchise player this offseason and is set to make the running back standard of $7.7 million.
It remains a mystery as to why Baltimore's front office hasn't offered him a lucrative multi-year deal. Rice is the heartbeat of the Ravens offense and a valued member of the Baltimore community.