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Don't expect Ray Rice to land with Saints

PITTSBURGH -- I’d be stunned if Ray Rice wound up in New Orleans. Although ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the New Orleans Saints expressed interest in Rice, Schefter quickly followed by saying the Saints are not expected to pursue him. I’ve also heard the Saints won’t pursue him.

I’m not sure if the Saints showed interest on any level or did their due diligence, etc. But Rice makes very little sense for them -- especially during the 2014 season. The Saints are plenty deep at running back with Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas currently healthy and Khiry Robinson expected to finally return from an arm injury in the coming weeks. It’s hard to imagine Rice would be able to get back up to speed quickly enough to work his way into that deep rotation.

I’d also consider Rice a long shot for the Saints in the offseason, even if they lose Ingram in free agency.