The clock is ticking toward the start of training camps next week, and Rice is still hoping for another opportunity. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Rice and his former head coach at Rutgers, Greg Schiano, have been contacting teams, hoping to convince a franchise to give Rice another chance. Schiano was also head coach of the Buccaneers.
Rice has been out of the NFL since last September, when the Ravens released him after video became public of him punching his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, in a casino elevator.
Not only does Rice’s past work against him, but he is 28 years old, which is not young for running backs. Meanwhile, Rice played poorly in his last full season, 2013, when he rushed for just 660 yards and averaged 3.1 yards per carry.
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Rice suffered a hip injury early in the 2013 season, and it’s possible he would perform better now that he is healthy. We know the Ravens aren't taking Rice back, and we know know many teams have ruled him out. Yet, it only takes one team to give Rice an oppotunity, and he has clearly not abandoned hope.
However, any team signing Rice would have to deal with the criticism and attention. If he does not land with a team this season, Rice knows a two-year absence would likely mean the end of his NFL career.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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