Still no interest in Ray Rice

AP

Three years ago this month, running back Ray Rice signed a contract with the Ravens that paid him $24 million over the first eight months. In the eight months since Rice’s indefinite suspension was overturned, Rice hasn’t gotten a single sniff from any of the NFL’s 32 teams.

Plenty of people have said Rice deserves a second chance, but no one has given him one. The stigma arising from his brutal assault on then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Palmer lingers, and Rice lacks the talent to overcome it. His age (28) works against him, as does the fact that Rice’s play dropped dramatically in his most recent full season of action, with 660 yards rushing and an average of 3.1 yards per carry — the lowest of his career by 0.9.

Many think if Rice’s name were Adrian Peterson, he’d still be playing. But it would be hard even for Peterson to overcome the video evidence that emerged only four days before Rice’s two-game suspension was due to end. Even though anyone with any degree of common sense and/or basic human empathy knew what a man knocking out a woman looked like without having to see it, seeing it changed everything for Rice.

With the offseason program over and training camp looming, the only question remaining is whether Rice’s name shows up on any team’s list of players to call if/when injuries happen to running back already on the roster. Even if he’s a candidate to be contacted, the ultimately challenge will be to get the owner to sign off on signing Rice.

So far, no one has. It would be naive not to at least wonder whether the league office has put out the word to shy away from Rice, given the controversy his conduct sparked — and the consequences it nearly caused. Still, the league always consists of a team or two that is inclined to stick it to 345 Park Avenue; the bigger question is whether the rush that would come from defiance would outweigh the ruckus that Rice’s arrival could cause for the team that gives him a job.

46 responses to “Still no interest in Ray Rice

  1. I was kind of feeling bad for Ray Rice, wondering if he’d ever get a shot at redemption.

    He certainly seems contrite and seems to be saying/doing the right things to make amends.

    I feel less bad knowing he already made $24M.

  2. SCREW with BB some more and he will sign him and make him look like COREY DILLION…REBORN…betcha betcha…

  3. I’m sorry but anyone saying his play dropped off dramatically didn’t watch any Ravens games that year. The line was beyond awful. Anyone see what Brady looked like last year before they shored up their line? People were calling for his retirement 3 weeks in…

  4. Remember that Ray Rice also shared with ESPN private text messages that Bisciotti had sent him in the aftermath of the whole elevator video thing. I imagine the other 31 owners wouldn’t want someone who shares information like that with the media.

  5. The person who really suffered through all of this is Janay Palmer. First, well….we all know what happened. Then her husband gets suspended and their entire future is up in the air. Then they get their hope back after the “reinstatement”. And now….maybe he is being blackballed…maybe not. In any case, he is a pariah and she lives with the stigma of infamy and the aftermath of it every day. Ray Rice should count his lucky stars that she didn’t summarily dump him.

  6. I’m all for 2nd chances, and all that, but he did knock a woman out. But the real reason he is still out of work is that he just wasn’t very good even before this whole thing broke.

  7. I think the whole hitting wife issue plays into him not getting a second chance but keep in mind, he was a declining rb with a hefty salary. It’s one thing if he was a corner but running backs are to be young and therefore cheap. There are many out there to choose from with more upside and less baggage than Rice. The risk must be deemed to high for the reward in teams eyes.

  8. He’s still a better human being than Peterson. He assaulted a drunken grown woman for continually spitting on him.. Don’t know any others who wouldn’t do the same.

    Peterson viscerally assaulted a toddler because he can. Peterson used a weapon on a helpless innocent child. I know Janay didn’t deserve what she got, but she was hardly innocent in this.

  9. In the Ravens SB year, Ray Rice was a stud. He was heavily relied upon. The following year, 4/5 of the O-Line was injured & the running game was inept. So was the passing game. A lousy 8-8- season that was mostly remembered in Bmore as the year Flacco spent most of the game getting up after being hit & no matter who ran the ball it was “insert running back name here” for a gain of 2. Whether it was Rice, Pierce or any other back, the gain was usually 2 yards.

    Rice still had the talent. The line was the problem that year. If a team signs him, they’ll get the Super Bowl year Ray not the year after (which was his last season prior to the suspension). In camp last year, he looked like the Ray Rice that was going to gain 1800 yards rushing & receiving.

  10. @flaccosmoustache

    I disagree. Despite the O-line problems he was overweight, injured, and did not have the explosive burst that had been his trademark prior to the 2013 season. He rarely broke tackles and tended to go down on first contact.

  11. There are more than one hundred forms of cancer, yet the entire NFL dedicates a full month to only one form of cancer: breast cancer.

    The American male market is completely tapped, and the league-mandated adornment of pink for the whole month of October is a form of pandering to the prospective female fan.

    Given the league’s obvious hunger to grow the revenue pie through intensively marketing to women – coupled with the damning video evidence we’ve all seen, it is extremely doubtful a RB averaging 3.1 YPC will get a sniff. Almost nil upside, but heavy downside risk => translates to no soup for you.

  12. I don’t see what the big deal is. This is all just the cost of his actions. He punched a woman and knocked her out cold. If any of us did that, it would probably destroy our career as well. This is not about second chances, he is still paying the cost of messing up his first chance… and he is going to be paying for it for a long time.

    I doubt he will ever play football in the NFL again, and that is proper punishment here. I’d expect the same punishment if I did the same crime.

  13. Wow hard to believe that the “make your fiancé/wife apologize for her actions” media conference didn’t make everyone forget the video of you knocking her out cold and then dragging her “Caveman” style from the elevator while telling bystanders she passed out and she will e alright didn’t rebuild you character and credibility……..

    move on dude the NFL has!!!!!

  14. As a Raven fan I have no compassion.

    Ray mailed it in for the last year +. He was in lousy shape and even worse than that he simply went down when someone breathed on him…..and the stats bare this out.

    When you are given an opportunity in life make the most of it.

    The fact he punched his wife in the mouth is becoming – as amazing as this might be – secondary.

  15. Why is this even a surprise? Rice played the most fungible position in sports. He’ll never get another look. Too much baggage, minimal impact potential.

  16. Bottom line, people are stupid. Hitler would get a job in the NFL before Ray because they never saw a video of Hitler ordering 6 million people to their deaths. What Ray did, while inexcusable, is no different then the actions of the Adrian Petersen and Greg Hardy’s of the world and they have jobs.

    Ray has talent and can help a team win. Everyone knows his last season in Baltimore the O-line was awful.

  17. I’d like to see Ray get another chance. One act should not condemn anyone. True his production had dipped, but when he got suspended he had lost weight and was looking much quicker.

    Ray did a lot of great charitable work in Baltimore and by all indications is a good human being. The horrible moment we all saw was a drunken aberration… one he has paid a dear enough price for.

  18. Ray will get a call. There are too many injuries in the NFL for some team to NOT call him. Might not be until the season begins, but I’d take the bet that he’ll play at least one game in 2015.

    BTW. the main difference between Ray Rice & Adrian Peterson is VIDEO. If there was video of AP beating his kid, he’d be blacklisted just as hard as Ray is.

  19. dissed215 says:
    Jul 6, 2015 11:18 AM

    Bottom line, people are stupid. Hitler would get a job in the NFL before Ray because they never saw a video of Hitler ordering 6 million people to their deaths. What Ray did, while inexcusable, is no different then the actions of the Adrian Petersen and Greg Hardy’s of the world and they have jobs.

    Ray has talent and can help a team win. Everyone knows his last season in Baltimore the O-line was awful.

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    The problem is, even with the Oline problems, as a running back, you’re still supposed to be able to not fall down on the first brush of a hand, which is how he was performing in the last season he played.

    You also have to face the fact that running backs are no longer in high demand and teams are more than willing to plug a rookie in until their contract is up and then replace him. With that in mind, who is going to go for a running back with as many miles as he has on his treads between his college years and his NFL years..his college years cut a few years off his shelf life with all his yardage.

  20. “Then her husband gets suspended and their entire future is up in the air. Then they get their hope back after the “reinstatement”. And now….maybe he is being blackballed…maybe not. In any case, he is a pariah and she lives with the stigma of infamy and the aftermath of it every day.”

    If he was smart with his money neither of them ever have to work another day in their lives, how exactly does that make their future up in the air ?

    And she chose to marry him after the incident, so if she’s suffering then its her own choice to put herself in that situation.

  21. But yet Peterson, Hardy, Solo, Grinner, etc etc all do the same or worse yet they all got second chances. A bit hypocritical all you bleeding hearts saying he doesn’t deserve second chance.. Or even better Leonard Little killed someone in DUI but got to play again or Ray Lewis /Jamal Lewis killing a guy and on same team Ravens got back to playing. So kill a person or beat kids and you are ok but hit your wife and you are gone only if it’s on video..

  22. While the footage of Ray Rice is unconscionable, let the punishment fit the crime. Through all the NFL’s domestic assault issues Ray Rice has shown far more contrition than anyone else. While I’m sure they could live comfortably on what he’s made over the course of his career, and I’m not sure that you even could make it right. Where is the opportunity for him to do that?

  23. kingwshngtn22015 says:
    Jul 6, 2015 12:23 PM

    Generally speaking, Hitler references are a bad idea. A video was not needed to know what Natzi Germany’s national policy was.

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    And I don’t need videos of AP or Greg Hardy either.

  24. I have said it before and I will say it again, if you had told me about the video and said it was a raven and asked me to guess who it was, he would have been the last name I picked. This man did a lot of good in and around Baltimore. Doesn’t change what he did, but it is worth noting.

    I am pulling for Rice and hope he finds something, on the field or off, that allows him to move forward with his life and find some kind of fulfillment. He and his family certainly deserve that.

  25. I wonder what would have happened if there was video evidence of AP shoving his kids mouth full of leaves and then “switching” him. At least Janay can walk away. AP is the bigger criminal if you ask me.

  26. About the guy who mocked Hitler, you might want to pump the brakes there, baby – and just slow your roll.

    Apparently you weren’t aware that Hitler manned the zero gap as an undersized nose tackle that terrorized the gridirons of Bavaria. The guy could stack and shed with the best of ’em.

  27. I disagree. Despite the O-line problems he was overweight, injured, and did not have the explosive burst that had been his trademark prior to the 2013 season. He rarely broke tackles and tended to go down on first contact.
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    an injured hip will do that to you….playing injured that year has came back to bite him as it’s the last time we saw him on the field….

  28. rixter59 says: Jul 6, 2015 11:11 AM

    Good God this story is so finished. Can we please move on ?

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    If I could thumbs up more than once I would. It should be now less about Ray Rice and more about the NFL following through PROMPTLY on player personal conduct issues. Where is the Hardy ruling? What about the dude who was carrying and fired a gun in public while arguing with women? Zero tolerance should be the norm not the exception.

  29. “Rice played the most [I]fungible[/I] position in sports.”
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    Had to look up fungible. It has nothing to do with the root word–fun.

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