Ray Rice, like DeSean Jackson, was drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft.

Both are in the final season of their rookie contracts and both have far outplayed their original slot. But the comparisons end there. Rice, the former Rutgers star, is earning his new contract the old fashioned way - on the field.

"I let my game talk," Rice told SI.com. "This isn't the time to talk about that stuff. I have the hope that when the time comes, I'll get taken care of, and I believe I will. You never want to burn any bridges, so I just don't talk about it much."

Quote of the week

Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester told Mike and Mike in the Morning he believes signing recently waived quarterback Donovan McNabb would be a "waste of time," NBC Sports reports.

"It's going to be tough right now to pick up a quarterback that hasn't played in the Mike Martz offense," Hester said. "This is a difficult offense to run, so as far as a quarterback who hasn't played in the offense, right now it's going to be a waste of time."

Forte may be back

Bears coach Lovie Smith said he expects star running back Matt Forte to return this season from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, but wouldn't put a timetable on Forte's return.

Upon further review

Who taught Cowboys coach Jason Garrett his clock management skills? Andy Reid?

On Monday Garrett stuck by his controversial decisions at the end of Sunday's loss to Arizona. Garrett chose not to call a timeout after getting a first down with about 25 seconds left, then did call one just as his kicker was trying a 49-yard field goal.

The Cowboys had two timeouts left when Dez Bryant was stopped at the Arizona 31 and could have run at least two plays to get closer. Instead, Tony Romo had to spike the ball to stop the clock and the field-goal unit rushed out.

Garrett said it came down to trusting kicker Dan Bailey.

The rookie had missed just one attempt all season before Sunday, but missed from 53 yards earlier and made a 50-yarder that hit an upright.

Naturally, he made the one that was nullified by the belatged Garrett timeout call.

And, after the time out, missed the second attempt.

"How 'bout those Cowboys!"

This article contains information from the Associated Press.