Both NFL Media and ESPN reported on Sunday morning that multiple teams are interested in free-agent running back Ray Rice. But neither company identified any specific team that has interest in Rice.
That’s either because the interested teams have insisted on anonymity, or because there currently are no interested teams and whoever is leaking the information hopes that someone will become interested.
One team to count among the uninterested are the Broncos. Despite lingering concerns with the team’s running game, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Broncos aren’t currently interested in Rice.
On the surface, it would make sense for the Broncos sniff around Rice. In the 2012 playoffs, he gained 131 yards on 30 carries against Denver in a double-overtime classic.
But Rice hasn’t played all year, and he doesn’t know the Denver system. With the potential benefits tenuous at best and the distractions and disruptions potentially significant, it makes plenty of sense for the Broncos to stand pat with their current stable of tailbacks.
That said, a single injury for any contending team could change everything. For now, though, the Broncos aren’t interested in adding Rice.