The Cleveland Browns are heading into a very uncertain 2015 NFL season, and their fan base is hoping for a miracle. They are not considered to compete for a playoff spot in the AFC, but they do have a lot of talent at multiple positions. One of the positions that they could use some improvement is at running back, and there is one guy out there that makes a lot of sense for them.
According to a recent report, the Browns have discussed the possibility of signing running back Ray Rice. He hasn’t had a chance to play for an NFL team since video footage surfaced of him punching his fiancee in the face. Since then, Janay Rice has made it clear that he has been an amazing husband, and Rice has been searching for a way back into the league.
Jimmy Haslam, the Browns’ owner, came out and said that he would like to see the running back get a second chance.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslem on Ray Rice "I'd like to see him get another shot". Tells me they want to see what team's young RBs can do first.
— bob holtzman (@Bob_Holtzman) August 13, 2015
This adds yet another twist to this story, and makes it seem even more likely that the Browns could very well sign Rice. It would be a wise decision from a football standpoint, and would be making the right decision for the NFL as well. While Rice was wrong for what he did, every single person deserves a second chance.
Players like Greg Hardy have gotten second chances since Rice was suspended, and saying that his offense was less than Rice’s is absolute ridiculousness.
At 28 years old, Rice definitely still has a few good seasons of football left in him. He will be out to prove himself to the league once again, and is capable of being an every down running back. Cleveland currently has Terrance West, Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell at the running back position, but none of them are capable of being a workhorse type of back.
Expect to hear plenty more come out surrounding the Browns and Rice. They are certainly intrigued by the possibility of signing him, but they are being patient to see what their running back situation looks like first before going out and adding him.
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