Rice, 30, had attempted to return to the NFL following his much-publicized domestic violence case but never got as much as a workout with an NFL team. He said last month that he was still physically capable of playing in the NFL and that the reason he is no longer in the league “ain't because I'm a bad football player.”
Rice was indicted on one count of third-degree aggravated assault in March 2014 and had the charges dropped two months later after completing a pretrial intervention program. In September, TMZ posted security footage of Rice punching his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City elevator. He was released the same day the video emerged.