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After a 2013 season that saw him rush for just 660 yards and four touchdowns, the last thing Ray Rice needed was an offseason arrest.
According to Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun, Rice was arrested in February for allegedly assaulting his fiancee at an Atlantic City casino.
If the Ravens want to get some extra cap space, they need to trade Rice. He signed a five-year, $35 million contract before the 2012 NFL season, and he's set to have a cap hit of $8.75 million in 2014, according to Spotrac.
At age 27, he doesn't need to be getting that kind of money, as his play could worsen this coming season. With Bernard Pierce also having shown promise in his first two years in the NFL, Baltimore could afford to lose Rice and give more of his touches to Pierce.
If another team is willing to absorb Rice's contract with the hope that he'll rekindle his Pro Bowl form in 2014, the Ravens shouldn't hesitate to deal him away.
It wouldn't make much sense from a financial standpoint to cut Rice, though. According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, cutting Rice now would result in a $5.5 million salary-cap hit in 2014.
If the Ravens want to get rid of Rice like they should, they need to do so via a trade in order for it to really benefit them.