Speaking to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Rice said Wednesday he would donate his entire salary to various domestic violence programs that help support survivors and families of survivors:
All the scrutiny that I've got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing. Me donating my salary is something that'll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there's a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It's raising awareness.
Rice did go on to say he would not "be (donating the salary) to get on the field, but it's something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way."
The former Baltimore Ravens running back emphasized "the biggest donation that you can give to domestic violence is your time" because "it's an epidemic."
He last played in the NFL in 2013, winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens during the 2012 season. He had four straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2009 to 2012.
In February 2014, Rice was arrested and charged with assault of his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, while the pair was in Atlantic City, New Jersey. TMZ later posted disturbing video of Rice's knocking Palmer out with a punch, which led to the Ravens' releasing him that September.
Rice had his domestic violence charges dismissed in May 2015 after he paid a fine and underwent anger management counseling. He told ESPN's Jemele Hill (via ESPN.com) last August he's had conversations with NFL teams about a comeback and about trying "to understand the magnitude of my situation."
At 29 years old, Rice is certainly still at an age in which he could theoretically help an NFL team needing depth at running back. There is a public relations angle that comes with signing him, which teams are aware of, but at least he's trying to give back if given the opportunity.