Ray Rice in "serious discussions" with Mystery Teams About Returning to the NFL

By Jason McIntyre

Ray Rice is in “serious discussions” with teams about potentially returning to the NFL, TMZ claims. It’s the second time we’ve heard about teams interested in Rice – in November, the Colts and Saints were named.

But TMZ’s claim is rampant with speculation that many would guess was planted by Rice’s agent:

"Sources tell us Rice’s agents have engaged with multiple teams recently — and we’re told there are serious discussions among team decision-makers about the possibility of bringing him on board."

Could Rice – only 28 years old – return to the NFL? Sure. His production slowed greatly two years ago in Baltimore, so there isn’t a massive market for his services. But now that the Adrian Peterson situation appears complete (it looks like he’s staying in Minnesota), it’s wise for Rice’s people to remind everyone, ‘hey, we’ve got a guy here worth a look’.

Rice’s 2013 season was a disaster, rushing for just 660 yards and a paltry 3.1 yards per carry. His last 100-yard game was on November 17, 2013 against Chicago. Rice rushed for 1,143 yards in 2012, the year the Ravens reached the Super Bowl.

Dallas and Arizona are two playoff teams that could use depth at running back, and after the NFL draft this weekend, both of their backfield situations should become more clear.

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