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The Ravens failed to make the playoffs in 2013, and running back Ray Rice had his worst year since coming to the NFL. He rushed for just 660 yards with 3.1 yards per carry and scored just four touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Rice was graded as the worst RB in the NFL that got at least 50 percent of the team's RB snaps.
Making matters worse is that Rice could be suspended for at least one game in 2014 after he was arrested this offseason for allegedly hitting his fiancee at a casino, according to Sarah Ellison of BaltimoreRavens.com.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has already stated that Rice's spot on the Ravens roster is not in jeopardy, according to Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com. Harbaugh has been with Rice for his entire NFL career, and he knows Rice's true character.
“There are a lot of facts and a process that has to be worked through in anything like this,” Harbaugh said, per Downing. “There are a lot of question marks. But Ray’s character, you guys know his character, so you start with that.”
It's also worth noting that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said he feels good about Rice's side of the story regarding the alleged assault, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
With the team showing so much public support for Rice, that increases the chances that he's on the Ravens roster when the 2014 season begins.
It also wouldn't make sense from a financial standpoint to cut Rice. According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, cutting Rice now would result in a $5.5 million salary-cap hit in 2014.
The Ravens aren't going to cut Rice. They appear to believe he has something left to offer this team, and they can't gain much financially from cutting him this year.