The Browns have issues at the running back spot, and those issues could be so desperate that the team may actually bring in former Ravens running back Ray Rice as a possible solution.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated wrote the following today about the Browns and Rice possibly being a connection:
No critical mass has been reached in Cleveland’s backfield just yet, but with the Browns clearly dissatisfied with their young rushers early this preseason, file away the Browns as one of the more logical and likely landing spots for former Baltimore running back Ray Rice.
Browns coach Mike Pettine acknowledged to SI.com Tuesday that the club has discussed signing Rice, who has been out of the league since being released by Baltimore last September, the day the infamous elevator surveillance camera footage of his attack on his then fiancee surfaced.
Pettine was asked if the Browns were considering adding a veteran to the mix at running back, to go with second-year players Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West and rookie third-round pick Duke Johnson. “We’ve talked about it, but I don’t think we’re there at this point,” Pettine said.
It sounds like there’s a number of ‘what ifs’ about the Browns and Rice possibly being a match, but at the same time, even talking about it shows just how bad the Browns feel about their current crop of running backs, and how they want to get someone on the field that can take over the running back spot before the opener in New York vs the Jets.