Report: Greg Schiano calling teams to help Ray Rice get a job

AP

Ray Rice is closing in on the one-year anniversary of his release from the Ravens and he’d like to be employed by a new team when September 8 rolls around.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Rice has been calling teams in hopes of landing a job with someone for training camp this summer. He’s also getting help from a group of supporters that includes former Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, who coached Rice at Rutgers, as they also reach out to teams on Rice’s behalf.

Per Werder, one team “seriously considered” making an offer to Rice before their ownership opted against it out of concern for the public relations hit they would face for bringing Rice onboard. Now the running back is reportedly looking for an opportunity to make his case directly to coaches and owners so he can compete for a roster spot this summer.

While there would be a public relations hit, teams have been willing to take them for players they think will help their team. If Rice doesn’t get a job in 2015, his dismal 2013 season and the generally downward trend of running backs nearing 30 will be major reasons why he remains unemployed.

45 responses to “Report: Greg Schiano calling teams to help Ray Rice get a job

  1. This guy is not half as bad as many players on YOUR favorite teams. They just haven’t been caught on camera yet. Ray was beloved in bmore and made a mistake. He’s not a bad person based on his reputation to that point in life.
    Give him another chance.

  2. “He’s also getting help from a group of supporters that includes former Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano[.]”

    That’s some help! Who else does he have as character references- OJ and Cosby?

  3. Everybody saying give him a job well next time you hire somebody make sure they beat women. Its not as easy as all that. If somebody as qualified or more qualified is out there, doesn’t have that history, why would you give the job to the women beater Rice? Makes no sense.

  4. Getting a good reference from Greg Schiano is like contracting a dose of leprosy. Thanks Greg, nice gesture but your stint in Tampa Bay left a really bad impression.

  5. Ray should have thought about that before beating up his girlfriend at the time. Maybe he can work as a greeter at Wal-Mart. I hear they hire anybody.

  6. Yet Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson, James Harrison, Brandon Marshall, and countless others have jobs. Rice isn’t the only incident. If you say he shouldn’t get a chance you are also saying the others shouldn’t have a chance either.

    The difference. Rice was caught on video and court of public opinion crucified him. What if Greg Hardy was on video with all the guns in the scene or Adrian Peterson whipping a kid.

  7. Anyone who thinks that there isn’t far far worse human beings currently signed to NFL rosters is naive at best.

    Everyone deserves a second chance. What Rice did was cowardly and inexcusable but life goes on. People need to remember that before this incident Rice was one of the good guys. No off the field issues, very involved in charities in Baltimore.

    I think he should get another chance to play but the deciding factor will not be the domestic violence incident, it will be the issue of if he can still play or not.

  8. His numbers were sliding big-time before he got cut, so I can totally see why teams don’t think he’s worth the headache.

    That said, I’ll be surprised if someone doesn’t call him into camp for a try-out.

  9. He was truly awful in 2013 and he plays a highly disposable position. Look at the year that the journeyman who replaced him had just last year. The Ravens will be a better team than the Vikings moving forward in part because of the way they’ve handled their publicly disgraced RBs. Find somebody cheaper younger and better then pay other guys

  10. If Schiano is vouching for Rice, I’d be surprised if Belechick wasn’t at least listening. They are pretty tight. Kraft, however, is still smarting over the Hernandez fiasco. I suspect the would squash anything.

  11. HES WASHED UP HELLO PEOPLE! This is why theres no interest. The whole domestic violence thing is just coincidental

  12. pats4rings says:

    I think he should get another chance to play but the deciding factor will not be the domestic violence incident, it will be the issue of if he can still play or not.
    ______________________________

    That’s all fine and good, but the article states the reason they didn’t offer him a contract WAS the baggage that comes from the Domestic Violence incident. Soooo….

  13. To be frank, it’s a nice gesture. However, I have my doubts because I never knew that he had that many contacts in the league. It seems like anyone he knows is in New England or is fired (no pun intended with respect to his ex-QB Josh Freeman)

  14. flaccosmoustache | Jul 24, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT

    This guy is not half as bad as many players on YOUR favorite teams. They just haven’t been caught on camera yet. Ray was beloved in bmore and made a mistake. He’s not a bad person based on his reputation to that point in life.
    Give him another chance.

    I would never take the word of a Raven fan on anybody’s character……remember that statue in front of their stadium? Remember the riots this spring and what the mayor encouraged? Right the people of Baltimore know character? Please…

    That being said he has paid the price and deserves a second chance in today’s everyone gets a trophy society.

  15. What’s he qualified to be? A BOUNCER? If we did this in the real world we’d remain unemployed as well. And we’d still be in jail. I don’t feel sorry for this jerk-off at all and I hope he remains unemployed for a long time.

  16. I’m all for second chances. Baltimore should take him back, seems to be only fan base sticking up for him right now. Schiano should be bagging groceries.

  17. Dude doesn’t deserve to be in the NFL. Nobody who does what he did deserves to be allowed to be back at the top of his profession. All of you that say “other guys have done stuff, blah, blah, blah..” They don’t deserve to be in the NFL either. Unfortunately most owners are sole-less billionaires who care only about winning, so some of those guys are still employed (Hardy being a prime example).

    Video showed a guy not just knocking another human being unconscious, but then dragging her like a bag of garbage and propping her up, and trying to figure a way to get out of his mess. He showed no compassion to the person he could have killed. NONE.

    He didn’t make a mistake, anymore than Aaron Hernandez, OJ Simpson, Rae Carruth, Etc..etc..etc.. did. Some things aren’t mistakes. They are unforgivable actions. Period.

    And Coltzfan, that joke made sense a decade ago, now your racist state, and their fans need to keep quiet.

  18. Sorry Schiano, you aren’t the best person to be recommending anyone. Be lucky you got a job after that debacle in Tampa Bay.

  19. He’s broke, that’s only reason why Ray Rice wants to play. The year before he was suspended, he was taking it easy on field or he lose a step. Either way, he washed up.

  20. Infectorman:

    Of course teams are going to say it’s because of the domestic violence issue. He is more than likely a marginal talent at this point so it’s easy to take the moral high ground. But if his name was Adrian Peterson and he was one of the greatest running backs of all time you can bet that Ray Rice would have a job right now; domestic violence or no domestic violence. Haha, some people are so naive.

  21. So the cowgirls backed off because of PR? I don’t think McDonalds or Walmart would hire the guy! Bye, bye Ray, you made your bed, now sleep in it and just go away quietly!

  22. Ray was running behind a lousy and injured line in 2013. The Ravens had a much better line in 2014 and rice looked decent in preseason before he was cut. So many people get second chances in all sports. Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth killed people because of their mistakes, for goodness sakes, and they got second chances. Someone should at least take a look at him. I can’t imagine being unemployed is helping his efforts to rebuild his life and family relationships.

  23. Rice is far from washed up. The ravens had a historically bad offensive line in 2013, the worst in team history and bottom 3 in the league. Look at Bernard Pierce’s YPC the same year he was also abysmal. Justin Forsett, while talented, came into a totally revamped O-line and zone blocking scheme that fit him perfectly. Rice could easily be a productive back this year if given the chance.

  24. He owned his mistakes, did the legal process, served hit NFL penalty time and can’t get a second chance ? If Hardy , Peterson , etc etc all get second chances .No way you can keep Rice out.

    Why you comparing Sciano to Cosby or OJ? Don’t remember Schiano committing a crime but you are quick to put him with a rapist and killer yet your team just drafted a rapist/thief with #1 pick bucs fan .. Good job

  25. I honestly don’t think Rice can play at a productive NFL level anymore. That said, there are enough teams with training camp needs and he was a good enough player at one time that the only reason he’s not being given a shot has nothing to do with football. His victim has not only forgiven him, she has married him. Blackballing the victim’s husband doesn’t really help her, does it?

    As I began, I don’t think he’s good enough to make a team at this point, but I don’t KNOW that and neither does anyone else. I’m not a Rice fan but I’m also not a fan of blackballing.

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