Ray Rice, Matt Forte get long-term contracts before deadline | NFL
Running backs Ray Rice of Baltimore and Matt Forte of Chicago got the long-term contracts they wanted.
Ray Rice and Matt Forte got what they wanted Monday: long-term contracts that sometimes elude running backs.
Neither Rice nor Forte was enamored of playing under the franchise-tag tender in 2012, and negotiations went down to the wire.
Rice scored big with the Baltimore Ravens, getting $40 million over five years, while Forte took a $32 million, four-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
Also getting a longer contract shortly before the deadline was Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee, who will stay with the Jaguars for four years and $13.8 million.
Rice, 25, led the league with 2,068 yards from scrimmage last season.
"Ray has been an integral part of us earning the playoffs in each of his four seasons," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "His production on the field speaks for itself, and his leadership in the locker room is outstanding."
Although his numbers aren't quite at Rice's level, Forte is a significant contributor in Chicago's offense. He made the Pro Bowl for the first time, finishing with 1,487 yards from scrimmage, 997 rushing. Forte, 26, missed the final four games after spraining his right knee in a loss to Kansas City.
Rice and Forte would have played for the $7.74 million franchise tag — the average of the five highest-paid players at running back — had they not received the longer contracts.
"I'm proud to be a Chicago Bear and excited to be here for another four years," Forte said in a statement released by the team. "I've been working hard this offseason and am looking forward to joining my teammates at training camp next week. I'm glad the business part is done and we can all turn our attention to football and our goal of winning a championship."
Players stuck with their one-year tenders include Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril at $10.6 million, Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes at $10.2 million and receivers Wes Welker of New England and Dwayne Bowe of Kansas City at $9.5 million each.
Avril and Bowe haven't signed their tenders, nor has Dashon Goldson.
San Francisco safety Goldson, a former Washington Huskies standout, can collect only his $6.2 million tender this season.
"If I have to play for the tag, I'll play for the tag," Goldson, 27, said last week. "But any guy would love long-term security. ... If not, I'll still be a 49er."
The 49ers could place the franchise tag on Goldson again next year, at a cost of nearly $7.4 million.
DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is free on bond after he was arrested on a misdemeanor family-violence charge.
Bryant, 23, turned himself in Monday to police in the southern Dallas suburb of DeSoto. His attorney, Royce West, said Bryant posted $1,500 bond after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest. West said he was gathering details and declined to elaborate.
• Police say a road-rage incident in Miami Beach, Fla., led to the arrest of Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil.
A police report said Dumervil, 28, and another man, Andy Aguste, were stuck in traffic Saturday. The report said they got into an argument with another driver, Kristine Ramirez, and the two men displayed weapons.
Police said when they arrived, Dumervil told them he didn't have a gun. Officers say they found a gun in the car's glove compartment. Dumervil, who was born and raised in Miami, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
• New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, 30, is asking a federal judge for a hearing Thursday on his bid to block his seasonlong suspension stemming from the league's investigation of the Saints' bounty program.
Vilma has said his suspension is without merit and has accused commissioner Roger Goodell of damaging his reputation and irreparably harming his career.