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Year of the RB? Hold that thought

As many star backs enter contract years, history says expectations should be tempered

Originally Published: July 6, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The other day, Cal from Los Angeles had an interesting question for the mailbag.

He looked at the incredible class of free-agent running backs scheduled for 2012. The contracts of Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Matt Forte, Peyton Hillis, Ryan Grant, Reggie Bush and Frank Gore all expire after the 2011 season. Athletes often play their best in contract years.

So Cal wondered if that type of incentive could turn this into the "Year of the Running Back."

Figuring out ...

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