The Lions for sure could use a running back, and while they have Joique Bell in the backfield, they also released Reggie Bush in free agency this offseason. Check how the off-season changes will affect the 2015 Lions’ at Mybookie.ag.
There’s an option out there, but the player that a lot of people seem to be talking about is also a player that no one wants to see to take a chance on – that being former Ravens running back Ray Rice.
At the recent NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix AZ, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said that Ray Rice is not an option to come to the Lions as a possible running back option.
“I don’t foresee that, to be plain and simple,” Caldwell said at the NFL owners meetings. “We certainly do know him and got to know him when we were there, and I think, at some point in time, like I had mentioned before, somebody will probably give him a second chance.”
If you don’t think Caldwell knows all about Rice, think again, as Caldwell spent two seasons with Rice with the Ravens when he was offensive coordinator and Rice was the team’s star running back.
He knows what Rice can do, but at the same time there’s thought of the backlash that will come if the team grabs Rice, who was released last season after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in an elevator. He has not been on a team since then.
“I just don’t see it,” Caldwell said of Rice playing for the Lions. “There has to be a need and a fit in all areas, and at this point in time, he’s not a fit for us.”
The Lions released Bush before the start of free agency and want to add another back to a group that includes Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn.
Most likely, they’ll do that through the draft, which is deep at running back. The Lions already have hosted potential early round picks Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman on predraft visits.
There’s plenty of need at the position, but in the NFL in general running backs have been devalued in the last few years with more and more focus on the passing game.
The Lions don’t need the headache that will come along with Rice. He may rehab his character and get another shot in the NFL, but the Lions are smart to stay away – stay far away.