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John Harbaugh declines to predict if another NFL team will sign Ray Rice

Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined to predict Monday whether Rice will be signed. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens in September when a graphic video surfaced of him knocking out Janay Palmer in a casino elevator.

Now that former Ravens running back Ray Rice is reinstated and eligible to sign with a team as a free agent, his search for employment with another NFL team is ongoing.

Sources told The Baltimore Sun that nothing has materialized quickly as far as teams pursuing the three-time Pro Bowl running back with no tryouts or visits scheduled or signing imminent.

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Sources with knowledge of the situation said Rice is realistic and understands that he's more likely to be signed during the offseason before the 2015 season than be signed by a team for the final four games of this season.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined to predict Monday whether Rice will be signed. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens in September when a graphic video surfaced of him knocking out his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in a casino elevator.

"I don't know, I can't speak for any other team," Harbaugh said. "I have no idea how that will play out, but Ray and Janay are very good friends of ours. We wish them nothing but the best professionally and nothing but the best family-wise. I'm sure things will work out well for them, because they're good people."

Rice has a pending grievance against the Ravens citing wrongful termination of his contract. He's seeking payment of his $3.529 million salary.

Owner Steve Bisciotti already made it abundantly clear in September that Rice won't play for the Ravens again, but Harbaugh was asked if he would welcome him back should the organization have a change of heart.

"I think I've said all I need to say on that, thanks," Harbaugh said.

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