Judge dismisses Rice's domestic violence charges

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In an off-season that has already been filled with controversy and and has seen the NFL dish out their fair share of punishments to players.

In the midst of the Deflategate controversy, the league has once again seen one of their key foundations rocked to the core.

Last year it all surrounded the issue of domestic violence and there were several high profile names who were involved in controversial legal cases.

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The biggest name by far was former Baltimore Ravens runningback Ray Rice who received an indefinite ban from the NFL and was released from the Ravens.

Rice has since been re-instated by the league but has not been able to find a team who are willing to give him a job.

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Despite many big name teams currently in need of a runningback, Rice has continued to sit on the sidelines for months.

Whilst he hasn't even been mentioned in the off-season rumours to be joining any team in the league this year, he could now be set to make his return.

A New Jersey judge has today dismissed the domestic violence charges against Rice for the incidents that took place in an Atlantic City casino elevator back in February 2014.

Rice avoided jail time after being accepted into a pretrial intervention programme which also included anger management classes.

Following the completion of the program, the charges against Rice have now been dropped and could spell a possible return for the former Ravens runningback.

The question now becomes, is this what teams have been waiting for to make a move for Rice and which team could be first to try and snap up the former Ravens star?

Rice Finally on the move?

The question of which team could reach out to Rice has been asked for several months with everyone having a different opinion.

Given the rise of Justin Forsett last year, it would appear unlikely that the Ravens would be set to reach out to their former star.

The Dallas Cowboys are arguably the team most in need for a runningback this year following the loss of DeMarco Murray in free agency.

Murray was the leading rusher in the league last year and despite bringing in former Oakland Raiders star Darren McFadden, many fans feel that their running game is still in need of some improvement before the season.

Another team in desperate need of a runningback is the Arizona Cardinals who despite making the play-offs last year, had a run game ranked 31st in the league.

Following the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer to injury last year, the Cardinals appeared ineffective against most teams they encountered because they had no run game to fall back on.

Could Arizona or Dallas be set to reach out to the runningback and attempt to bring Rice back to the NFL?

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