It’s been nearly two years since we have seen former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice play an NFL game. He was suspended and subsequently released by the Ravens for the domestic abuse charge brought against him last year for being seen on video punching and dragging his now-fiancee out of an elevator.
However, there is beginning to be some rumblings about a potential suitor emerging.
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine discussed signing the troubled running back on Tuesday afternoon. This could be a huge indicator that the team is not high on any of its three possible starters at the position.
“We’ve talked about it, but I don’t think we’re there at this point,” Pettine said, via Sports Illustrated.
Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West are both entering their second seasons after they split time in 2014. Crowell rushed for 607 yards and eight touchdowns, while West ran for 637 yards and four touchdowns. The Browns also drafted Miami running back Duke Johnson in the third round of the NFL Draft this season, so the team has a nice crop of running backs to select from.
While he may not be in Cleveland in 2015, I think it is only a matter of time before someone signs Rice to at least a one year deal.
After former Ravens linebacker great Ray Lewis essentially got away with murder, I don’t think there is any reason why Rice wouldn’t be back in the league sooner rather than later.
It is worth noting that Adrian Peterson, who missed the 2014 season for his involvement in a child abuse case in Texas before the season last year, is back in the league and should see significant playing time for the Minnesota Vikings in 2015. If the Vikings will give Peterson a second chance, why doesn’t Rice deserve one?
What do you think NFL fans? Does Rice deserve a second chance or should he be made to sit at home for the remainder of his career? Let us know in the comments below!
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