Rice Was Released By The Ravens And Indefinitely Suspended

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Rice was released by the Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL on Sept. 8 of last year. Rice was ordered to serve his suspension in full, and complete therapy and training in domestic abuse education groups in order to be reinstated, which he has completed successfully.

In May of this year, John Clayton of ESPN listed teams that could possibly pursue Rice now that he is eligible to play. The list included the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, and the Indianapolis Colts. On July 24, Ed Werder of ESPN reported that Rice and a group of supporters, including former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, have been initiating contact with various NFL teams in an attempt to get the passed-over player into training camp.

Though the assault is certainly a tremendous factor in his struggle to be signed, he’s also seen as declining player at a position built for a young player. Rice’s rushing yards, average per carry, and touchdown totals declined in each of this final three years with the Ravens.

Rice is certainly not the only player to involve himself in a violent crime. Adrian Peterson physically abused his son, and Greg Hardy physically assaulted a woman after a night of drinking; threatening to kill her. Peterson received a restructured contract with the Minnesota Vikings that includes millions in new guaranteed money, and Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys even before his suspension was reduced two weeks ago

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