October 12, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
Sources: Chiefs, other teams haven't reached out to Ray Rice
Former Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice has drawn back-channel interest from NFL teams this season, according to sources informed of the situation who aren’t authorized to speak publicly. However, Rice hasn’t been invited to try out or visit NFL teams at this time, according to sources. NFL owners haven’t signed off on bringing in him in Rice at this point after he missed all of last season following his high-profile domestic violence incident involving his wife at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino last year. That hasn't changed despite the Kansas City Chiefs losing star running back Jamaal Charles for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. NFL teams haven't reached out to Rice, according to sources.
Reinstated last year following an appeal heard by former federal judge Barbara S. Jones, sources say Rice has been working out regularly and is in good shape. Rice has met all of his legal obligations with New Jersey authorities following his assignment to a pretrial intervention program stemming from his arrest in Atlantic City last year for punching his wife in an elevator at Revel Casino and is living with his wife, Janay, in Connecticut with their daughter. The couple has taken part in counseling for their issues, according to sources. The Ravens terminated Rice’s $35 million contract when a graphic video surfaced of him knocking out his wife in a violent episode that impacted the league and triggered a national conversation about domestic violence. Rice was initially suspended for two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a punishment that was widely criticized as too lenient. Goodell made the suspension indefinite after the video was released, writing in a disciplinary letter that Rice’s description of the incident in a June meeting was ambiguous. “I don’t want my career to be defined by this one moment,” Rice told the Baltimore Sun in February. “I’ve been smart with money and the NFL is a great-paying game, but I really want to get back out there for my pride and to be able to leave the game with dignity. I don’t ever want to feel exiled out because I wasn’t that guy. I know I’m not ready to call it quits yet." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.