New Detroit Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said in an interview with WXYT that he thinks his former teammate Ray Rice would be a “great addition” to the Lions.
On Wednesday, the Lions released running back Reggie Bush, who reportedly signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.
“I’ve never hung out with him off-field, but he’s a great guy,” Ngata said. “He’s a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He’s a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him.”
Rice was suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season after he was arrested in Atlantic City after an incident with his now-wife in a casino elevator. Rice pleaded not guilty to third-degree charge of aggravated assault. In September, Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely after TMZ released a video of the elevator incident.
Rice is free to sign with any team.