When the Ray Rice video released last year, Stephen A. Smith made some far beyond dumb comments, so when I hear Stephen A. discussing the topic, I always assume he’s going to be careful.

Even the Cowboys can't stoop low enough to signing both players with headline domestic violence cases in their past.
Even the Cowboys can’t stoop low enough to signing both players with headline domestic violence cases in their past.

On Friday’s episode of First Take, the topic of Rice’s return to the NFL was brought up in a debate, and Smith actually made a great observation. Herm Edwards — who admitted that he’s spoken to Rice personally about how he can make a comeback — said the the best fit for Rice would be the Cowboys.

Makes sense football wise. Dallas lost DeMarco Murray and added the fragile Darren McFadden … they need a back to split time with Run DMC, otherwise he’s going to be in a wheelchair by the end of the season.

I nodded in agreement at the time. What escaped me, and Smith pointed out, was that the Cowboys already have Greg Hardy under contract. Hardy is currently suspended 10 games for his domestic violence case (and something tells me if we had video of it, it would be even worse than Rice’s … google it).

Rice will play again in the NFL, but it won't be with a star on his helmet.
Rice will play again in the NFL, but it won’t be with a star on his helmet.

When asked for his suggestion as to where Rice should land, Smith went a little too far outside the box for me, though (or maybe too inside the box depending on how you look at it). His response was the Ravens. I respect coming up with an original idea, but that’s just stupid.

With the breakup that the player and organization were uncomfortably forced into, it would be an even more uncomfortable return. That’s just not how it works. Comebacks are for beloved stars that leave to pursue a championship or something along those lines … not someone who was suspended indefinitely for domestic abuse that was caught on tape. Welcoming Ray Rice back with open arms would not be a good headline. A different city giving him a second chance would be much more tolerable.

Ray Rice is going to play in the NFL again. Once teams fill out their rosters and see what they have, someone’s going to need a RB. Rice will be the most talented one available, so at some point, he’s going to get a second chance. But sorry, Stephen A., it’s not going to be with the Ravens.

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