Now that Ray Rice has been reinstated to the NFL, four teams are looking to sign the former Baltimore Ravens running back. According to ESPN, the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints are two of Rice’s proposed destinations, while the other two teams have not been disclosed.
While the Colts are not likely to pursue Rice, NFL execs point to a team with backfield injuries and a strong head coach, which follows the makeup of the Saints. With four injured running backs, signing Rice would give them a shot at first place in the NFC South. New Orleans also has “a fan base that would not be overly concerned what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell thinks,” the report reads. But while the Saints might be a good fit, the likelihood of Rice being signed this season is slim.
A running backs coach for the AFC told ESPN that Rice would face difficulties acclimating with a new team.
“I don’t know what kind of shape he’s in,” he said. “There are a bunch of different things. He’s going to have to get into shape, clearly because he hasn’t been hitting this year. You would think there would be some carryover … but he is a good player. He is a good player.”
Read the full report here.