The return of Ray Rice could come sooner than expected.
After the Baltimore Ravens cut him and the NFL suspended him indefinitely, most assumed his 2014 season was over, and his career as a whole was in jeopardy.
Now, Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report reports that multiple NFL teams are interested in signing Rice if he is reinstated this year. Rice is appealing his indefinite suspension, and if he wins, he could be eligible to play sometime around Week 6. By then, he would have served the six-game suspension he should have received for his first domestic violence incident.
The latest video of Ray Rice striking his wife is despicable, and it paints a bad image of the Ravens, which they don't want. Because they stood by and supported Rice through this, they were effectively defending the act of physically striking a woman in the face.
That would likely be the case for any other team that signs him, but it apparently isn't enough to at a minimum stop teams from showing interest in him.
Though Rice is coming off the worst season of his six-year career, he's still only 27 and has less than 1,500 career carries. He managed to gain just 660 yards in 2013 while dealing with a hip injury and playing behind a terrible offensive line.