Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back, could be on the verge of making a comeback to the NFL after three years in exile, according to several reports.
Rice, an integral part of the Ravens team that won Super Bowl XLVII, hasn’t played a game since the 2013-14 NFL season.
In September 2014, the Ravens terminated his contract after gossip website TMZ released disturbing footage of the three-time Pro Bowler physically abusing his then fiance (now wife).
The NFL subsequently slapped him with an indefinite suspension in an effort to validate its policy change regarding how the football league handles domestic violence cases.
Rice, who was first arrested in March of 2014 for third-degree aggravated assault for punching his fiancee in the face, was recently reinstated by the NFL after he successfully appealed the decision in federal court.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rrice could be nearing an NFL return.
A growing sense that Ray Rice, who last played a game Dec. 29, 2013, might get chance to play in NFL again this season, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 11, 2016
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Rice, who turns 30 next January, could still be a force to reckon with in the league. While his arrest and suspension earned him a bad rep in the league, analysts still believe the two-time All-Pro RB is one of the best players
Ray Rice: Which team should sign him?
This fansided writer feels that teams would be worried to sign Rice until the three-time Pro Bowler proves without a shadow of a doubt that he has ironed out problems with his marriage.
“Don’t expect anyone to sign Rice right away, however, as teams in need of depth will undoubtedly do their due diligence before going all in.
If anything, Rice’s next home will probably come midway through the season, when teams look to fill holes left by injury or bolster their ranks in preparation for a playoff push,” opined Phil Naegely.
According to ESPN, the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are two teams that previously considered signing Ray Rice. The report added that Rice “would donate his entire 2016 salary to charity if signed by an NFL team this season.”
“The NFL has been impressed by how Rice has handled his football exile and has considered adding him to the league office as a spokesman, according to a league source. But the source said the NFL isn’t sure it will get the chance to hire him because of interest among teams,” read a report from Adam Schefter.
Will the Bills or Browns swoop in and sign Ray Rice? Or will some other team beat them to it?