Running back Ray Rice has filed a formal grievance against the Ravens for wrongful termination of his $35 million contract, sources with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.
Rice's contract was terminated by the team Sept. 8 after a video surfaced of him knocking out Janay Palmer in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, N.J.
The new grievance filed with the league falls under Article 46 of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, which governs "One Punishment," and prohibits an NFL player from receiving more than one punishment for a single rule violation. It's intended to guard against the legal concept of double jeopardy.
The three-time Pro Bowl running back also has a separate grievance filed by the NFL Players Association seeking reinstatement from his indefinite suspension after he was initially suspended two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before the punishment was upgraded based upon the video. That appeal hearing is set for Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, according to sources.
No hearing date has been set for the grievance against the Ravens.
Should Rice win either grievance, he is expected to be paid his $3.529 million nonguaranteed base salary for this year that he was due if he had only served a two-game suspension without pay. Rice was originally due a $4 million base salary this year prior to his original suspension.
Rice was signed to a five-year, $35 million contract negotiated by agent Todd France and Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty two years ago. He was paid a $15 million signing bonus and a $7 million option bonus along with a total of $3 million in base salaries in 2012 and 2013 for a total of $25 million earned out of the contract.
If the grievances are unsuccessful, then Rice won't be paid any more money from the contract he signed in July 2012. Rice is represented by veteran New York attorney Peter Ginsberg.
Ginsberg has also represented Maryland basketball star Dez Wells in his lawsuit against Xavier University along with PGA golfer Vijay Singh and former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma in the Bountygate scandal.