The Ravens released Rainey on Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Rainey's release opens up a roster spot for the addition of offensive lineman Andrew Donnal, formerly of the Rams. Furthermore, it could be a sign that wide receiver Michael Campanaro is ready to return to his return-man role on special teams, in addition to Danny Woodhead (knee), who's been designated to return from IR and should return to the fold within a matter of weeks.
Rainey signed a contract with the Ravens on Tuesday.
After signing Alex Collins off the practice squad earlier this season following Danny Woodhead's (hamstring) placement on injured reserve, the Ravens will add Rainey to their running back corps with Terrance West (calf) expected to at least miss Baltimore's Week 6 contest against the Bears, if not further games beyond that. Rainey, who attended training camp with the Ravens before being cut in September, has four seasons of NFL experience, splitting time with the Browns, Buccaneers and Giants and averaging 4.0 yards per carry for his career. The 30-year-old is also able to contribute as a pass catcher out of the backfield and as a kick returner, but it's expected that he'll be no better than third on the depth chart at running back behind Collins and Javorius Allen until West reenters the mix. Since Collins has shown promise as a runner and Allen is an adept receiver, it's not expected that Rainey will see many snaps on offense during his time with Baltimore.
Rainey was released by the Ravens on Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Rainey signed with the Ravens in late July for some added depth in the backfield after the team lost Kenneth Dixon to meniscus surgery. He was essentially competing for the No. 3 spot on the running back depth chart behind Terrance West and Danny Woodhead, but it's likely that spot will go to Javorius Allen. Rainey likely still has value for some NFL teams, as he boasts a fairly reliable track record of both health and production.
Rainey caught a 13-yard pass off of two targets in Thursday's loss to Philadelphia.
The catch was just Rainey's third touch since New York's Week 8 bye. Thursday was the veteran's first game with double-digit offensive snaps since the bye as he has settled into more of a special-teams role after looking like a potential scatback earlier in the year.
Rainey (calf) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Eagles, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.TV reports.
Rainey was limited in practice all week due to a calf injury, but it won't prevent him from suiting up and providing depth in the New York backfield Sunday. Rashad Jennings has taken back over as the lead back since his Week 6 return, but Rainey still logged 39 total offensive snaps in the two weeks prior to the Week 8 bye, in addition to his regular role on special teams. Though he'll be active and presumably have a complementary role to Jennings, it's a tough fantasy matchup given the fact that the Eagles have allowed just four rushing touchdowns this season.
Rainey (calf) is questionable to play Sunday against the Eagles.
Rainey wasn't thought to be injured heading into the Giants' Week 8 bye, but he was limited in every practice this week and may become a game-time decision for Sunday's divisional matchup. In such a scenario, look for Rashad Jennings, Orleans Darkwa and Paul Perkins to split the available work out of the backfield.
Rainey was limited during Wednesday's practice due to a calf injury, SNY.TV reports.
His injury provides Rashad Jennings, Orleans Darkwa and rookie Paul Perkins with additional reps out of the backfield, although Rainey's status for Sunday's matchup against the Eagles remains up in the air.
Rainey had six carries for 13 yards and two catches for 16 more Sunday against the Ravens.
Rainey's getting work subbing in for Rashad Jennings and coming out of the backfield on passing downs. Rookie Paul Perkins looks quicker and more explosive than either veteran, but apparently his pass blocking is poor, giving Rainey a chance to continue in this role.
Rainey had five carries for 22 yards and six catches for 52 more in Sunday night's loss to the Packers.
It was an ugly day for the offense as a whole, but Rainey was effective as a runner and a receiver. He'll maintain his third-down role for the foreseeable future with Shane Vereen (triceps) out.
Rainey rushed the ball four times for 22 yards and hauled in seven receptions for 43 yards in Monday night's loss to the Vikings.
Rainey was quiet the first three weeks of the season, but with Shane Vereen (triceps) landing on IR and Rashad Jennings (thumb) inactive for Monday's game, an immediate hole opened in the Giants' backfield. Rainey showcased his skill set as both a runner and a pass-catching option. With Jennings' status still up in the air for Week 5, the 28-year-old Rainey could have another strong week as he competes for reps with Orleans Darkwa.
With Shane Vereen out indefinitely, Rainey could see work as the team's third-down back.
Rashad Jennings is still iffy for Week 4, Orleans Darkwa isn't known for his pass catching and rookie Paul Perkins is considered raw, so Rainey is probably the favorite for pass-catching work out of the backfield.
Rainey (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 matchup versus the Saints, the team's official site reports.
The return specialist logged 13 special-teams snaps in the opener versus the Cowboys but will take a seat Sunday against the Saints. Dwayne Harris is expected to assume both return roles for the Giants in Week 2.
Rainey made the Giants' final roster.
After a preseason game where he fumbled a punt and a kickoff, Rainey's chances looked bleak, but he played well in the final two games and offers versatility as a third-down back and special teams player. At this point, it's unclear who'd get the first crack should Rashad Jennings (or third-down back Shane Vereen) get hurt, but Rainey could be in the mix.
Rainey fumbled a kickoff and a punt and bobbled another punt Friday against the Dolphins.
He was a long shot to make the team anyway, and his odds just got even longer.
Rainey has signed with the Giants, NJ.com reports.
Rainey played in all 16 games for the Buccaneers last season, with the vast majority of his contributions coming on special teams as a kick and punt returner. Although he played well at running back for the Bucs' league-worst 2014 team, Rainey's role with the Giants will likely be rooted in special teams work, with his presence simply providing depth in the backfield.
Rainey did not net any yards on his sole punt return and also lost a fumble in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.
The fourth-year pro had a rough afternoon by fumbling on his only punt return, a mistake the Panthers would eventually convert into an early second-half touchown. Rainey lost the ball at the Buccaneer's 22-yard line after having gained five yards, leading to a recovery and three-yard return by the Panthers' Joe Webb. Although he ranked ninth in the NFL with 9.9 yards per punt return and averaged a solid 24.7 yards on 19 kickoff runbacks, Rainey did cough up the ball a total of seven times (recovering six) in 2015. He also was used sparingly from scrimmage after having totaled 938 yards rushing and 342 through the air over his first two seasons in Tampa. The 26-year-old only received eight total touches in 2015, largely as a result of Doug Martin's participation in all 16 games and Charles Sims' impressive emergence as the pass-catching back. Having only having signed a one-year restricted free agent tender with the Bucs prior to the 2015 season, Rainey heads into the offseason with uncertain prospects for the 2016 campaign.
Rainey did not net any yards on two punt returns, fumbling twice but recovering both.
It was an unusual afternoon for Rainey, who yielded a kickoff return to rookie Donteea Dye and muffed back-to-back punts in the third quarter as well. Rainey actually gained three yards after recovering the first muff, but those were negated by a holding penalty on Alterraun Verner. Although he was unable to add to his impressive 2015 return totals Sunday, Rainey has already amassed 757 combined yards in kickoff and punt runbacks this season.
Rainey tallied 38 yards on two kickoff returns in Thursday's 31-23 loss to the Rams.
Rainey failed to log any punt returns for the second straight week, and posted two unspectacular kickoff runbacks. The special teamer nevertheless one of the more solid returners in the league, and does an above-average job of setting up the Bucs offense in a favorable position week-to-week.
Rainey gained 31 yards on one kickoff return in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Saints, and did not log any punt returns.
The Bucs' special teams maven turned in one of his typically solid kickoff runbacks in what was his only opportunity with the ball in Week 14, as he notably failed to log any punt returns for the first time all season. Rainey remains one of the top returners in the league, and will get his next opportunity to shine in Thursday night's road tilt against the Rams.
Rainey totaled 39 yards on two kickoff returns and 41 yards on two punt returns in Sunday's 23-19 victory over the Falcons.
The special teams ace had a very productive afternoon, ripping of 20-yard-plus returns on both kickoffs and punts. He ceded one kickoff run back to rookie Donteaa Dye, but otherwise helped set up Tampa in favorable field position on three of his four opportunities with the ball. Rainey's 28-yard punt return in the third quarter opened a drive that eventually led to the Bucs closing the Falcons lead to 16-12 in the third quarter on a Conner Barth field goal. He continues to serve as one of the best return men in the NFL, and his savvy has helped Jameis Winston and the offense largely avoid starting drives deep in their own territory throughout the season.