When the Minnesota Vikings signed Adrian Peterson to a seven-year contract worth $100 million ($36 million guaranteed) in September, I thought it was a bad move. In my mind, no running back is that valuable to any team in this era of the NFL.
When the Tennessee Titans acceded to Chris Johnson's holdout by giving him a big-time deal, I felt pity for them. They might have better runners on their own roster than Johnson at this point.
Both teams are in the midst of the always-daunting task of rebuilding a franchise (they have been trying for a while). Both teams haven't had much success lately either, and it's because the folks in their front office have been drawn in by the dark side of the force and believed they were making a smart investment.
Both running backs, no matter how good they are, don't add up in overall value to the contracts they have been given.
General manager of the San Francisco 49ers Trent Baalke handled things differently when his star running back threatened to hold out. Frank Gore and the 49ers both got a reasonable deal, and both parties were able to save face, if you will.
There are other teams that face the same burden: What to do about those inflated contracts?