Recently reinstated NFL running back Ray Rice is garnering interest from several teams, including the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN.

The 28-year-old Rice won the right to return from his season-long suspension after an arbitrator ruled Commissioner Roger Goodell’ indefinite banishment of him violated league rules.

Rice was suspended before the start of training camp after video of him striking his then fiancée in an Atlantic City hotel elevator was made public. Initially, Goodell suspended Rice for just two games in connection with the incident, but after the tape emerged he upgraded his ban to indefinite status.

Multiple NFL executives have speculated the kind of team most likely to take a chance on Rice would be a playoff contender looking to bolster its backfield because of injuries and one with a strong-minded head coach. Both the Colts and Saints are thought to fit that profile. ESPN adds the two other teams rumored to have some interest in Rice remain unnamed.

“Some guys learn faster than others,” one AFC running backs coach told ESPN of the chances Rice could acclimate himself to a new team offense this late in the season. They just do. I don’t know what kind of shape he’s in. You would think there would be some carryover … but he is a good player.”

Several media outlets have reported while Rice is determined to sign with the right team in the right situation, he’s also willing to sit out the rest of the year and wait until season to secure the best opportunity for himself.
A six-year veteran, Rice has rushed for over 1,000 yards in four different seasons, his best coming in 2011 when he rushed for 1,364 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was cut by the Ravens soon after Goodell announced his ban.

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