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Ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice invited to new independent football league

Ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice invited to new independent football league

An independent football league debuting in April is embracing high-profile NFL players who were shunned, extending invitations to Johnny Manziel and former Ravens running back Ray Rice and lining up several former draft picks with the promise of a shot to display their talent.

Spring League CEO Brian Woods told The Associated Press he had conversations with representatives for Rice and Vince Young, and challenged Manziel to prove himself on the field in a few months.

"If Johnny Manziel is serious about a future in the NFL, the Spring League is willing to provide him with a platform to prove he's still relevant," Woods said.

Manziel declared on Twitter this week...

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