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RBs: Show us the money

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RBs: Show us the money

Running backs have a short lifespan in the NFL. They are bound to get hurt with all the pounding they take. Its a passing league, now. Running backs have less and less value as more and more balls are being thrown around downfield. So theres no reason to pay running backs a lot of money for the long haul.

Or so goes one of the prevailing theories in the NFL today.

But again on Monday, that theory was debunked.

The Ravens signed Ray Rice to a five-year, 40 million extension, and the Bears worked out a four-year, 32 million deal with their top running back, Matt Forte.

The contracts for Forte and Rice accentuated that teams pay lip service to the notion that running backs are an endangered species, arguably a high-riskshort-shelf life position that should not merit a prohibitive investment, but rarely adhere to the cautionary approach they so often publicly espouse, writes Len Pasquarelli of Sports Xchange.

For those of you scoring at home, that makes four marquee backs Rice, Matt Forte, Arian Foster and DeSean Jackson who all signed long-term extensions this offseason.

Of the four, Rice was the only one to play in every game last season, and as we noted last winter, rarely does a top running back make it through multiple seasons without missing significant time because of injury.

Still, if teams were worried about the long-term potential of running backs after seeing Adrian Peterson limping around on crutches late last season, they didnt show it when it was time to whip out the checkbook.

The long-term deals with Rice and Forte, Pasquarelli writes, are the latest example that NFL teams usually say one thing and, come deadline time, make the expedient move.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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