With rookie running back Duke Johnson dealing with a concussion, Browns coach Mike Pettine didn't rule out signing veteran back Ray Rice to help the team's backfield situation, per Cleveland.com. Johnson has no timetable for his return, so Pettine, on a conference call, said "if we have to add a back, we'll look at the list of guys that are available," when asked about reaching out to Rice. Rice has not played since 2013, missing all of last season while under suspension for a domestic violence incident with his wife. The Ravens terminated his contract after the issue.
With the Bills having a myriad of health issues at running back, including starter LeSean McCoy (hamstring), the team has begun internal discussions about signing running back Ray Rice, sources told Fox Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo.
With Reggie Bush likely out of the picture, new Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said in an interview on WXYT-FM in Detroit that he'd be open to having former teammate Ray Rice join him in Detroit. "I've never hung out with him off-field, but he's a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him." Rice was suspended indefinitely by the league due to an altercation with his then-fiancee. An arbitrator overturned that suspension, and he reportedly received $1.6 million in wrongful termination case after he was released by the Ravens. The 28-year-old spent his first six years with the Ravens, and produced four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons before running for 660 yards and averaging a career-low 3.1 yards per carry in 2013.
The Ravens and former running back Ray Rice settled his wrongful termination grievance in January for $1.588 million, sources told the Baltimore Sun. The financial details were not disclosed until now. In the grievance, Rice had sought $3.529 million in back pay. The Ravens cut him Sept. 8, hours after the release of a video showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. Rice hasn't visited any NFL teams, but he's working out regularly and hoping to latch on with a team this season, the paper said.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome wants to see Ray Rice in an NFL uniform next season. He thinks Rice can get the job done if given the opportunity, reports the Baltimore Sun. "I don't know what 31 other teams are thinking, I think we'll find out probably before April whether Ray will get an opportunity to sign with another team," Newsome said. "He was in really good shape when he was with us this offseason and, from what I'm hearing, he's still working his butt off. If he gets an opportunity to play with another club, I would be happy for him." Newsome made it clear the Ravens will not sign players with domestic violence in their past, but is hoping another team will give Rice a chance.
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