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Everybody wants somebody else to give Ray Rice a chance

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens

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Two things seem apparent in regards to former Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Plenty of people want to see him get a second chance in theory.

No one, however, seems interested in putting that theory into practice.

A number of coaches at the league meetings mentioned that they think Rice could or should get another opportunity after being cut by the Ravens following his brutal domestic assault of his now-wife.

But it’s almost April, and 16 running backs have been signed in free agency, and Rice hasn’t even had a reported visit.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell has a need at the position after cutting Reggie Bush, and expressed hope for another opportunity for Rice. But when asked if he would be interested, Caldwell backed away.

I don’t foresee that, to be plain and simple,” Caldwell said, via Jamison Hensley of “There has to be a need and a fit in all areas. At this point in time, he’s not a fit for us.”

Like Caldwell, Colts coach Chuck Pagano has first-hand knowledge of Rice, but his team just signed Frank Gore.

“I hope and pray that Ray gets an opportunity, because I know there’s still gas left in the tank, so to speak,” Pagano said. “And if somebody gives him that opportunity, I know he’ll make them proud, and I know he’ll make good on that opportunity.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was more careful in his words, saying he hoped for the best for the entire family, stopping short of a full blown endorsement.

“Like anybody you’ve been close to, you want things to work out well for the,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the way we feel about Janay and Ray.”

At the moment, it doesn’t appear that’s going to be playing in the NFL.