Recently, ESPN’s John Clayton listed five teams that could be a fit for former Baltimore running back Ray Rice now that he has been cleared to play again.
Rice didn’t play in 2014 after the Ravens released him after his much-publicized domestic violence case.
Clayton ranked the Oakland Raiders as the third-most likely landing spot for Rice. Clayton ranked Dallas as the most likely landing spot for Rice, with Cleveland ranked second.
This is what Clayton wrote about Oakland’s chances of signing Rice: Raiders ownership might not want to deal with the public relations implications of signing Rice -- the same can be said for the other four teams on this list -- but this is something of a need position for Oakland. Latavius Murray showed promise last season but isn't yet a sure thing as an NFL lead back, and former No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson has struggled to a 3.3 yards-per-carry average in his young career.
My thoughts? Well, I’m a never-say-never guy. Everything is on the table in the NFL. Nothing surprises me anymore. But, it would stun me if Rice winds up wearing the Silver and Black. Ever.
Oakland owner Mark Davis is staunch in his stance against domestic violence. That was a primary reason why the Raiders never seriously pursued Greg Hardy in free agency even though the pass-rusher was a perfect on-field fit. Ray Rice’s domestic violence issue transcended sports, and he became a national household name for all the wrong reasons.
Why would Davis relent on Rice?
Plus, I don’t think Rice, 28, would be a difference maker on the field. Yes, the Raiders are not settled at running back, but I don’t think Rice would give a huge spark for Oakland, which had the No. 32 ranked run offense in the NFL last season. So, in short, I don’t see the Rice-Raiders fit.