Ray Rice, out of football since his well-publicized domestic abuse incident at the end of the 2013 season, said in USA Today that he plans to donate his entire salary should a team sign him.
The likelihood of Rice returning to the NFL is not great, especially at a position at which timing and training are generally honed on the field. The minimum salary for a seven-year veteran is $890,000.
"I've donated a lot of money to charities, but I had a situation where it was a national crisis," Rice said. "I'm not saying I'd be (donating the salary) to get on the field, but it's something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way."
Rice played six seasons for the Baltimore Ravens, rushing for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns. The three-time Pro Bowl pick was jettisoned by the Ravens when a video was released showing Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator at a New Jersey casino. He was suspended by the NFL - that ban was later overturned in arbitration - and has never found work in the league since.
Interviewed by NJ.com this month, Rice said he wasn't giving up on his NFL career at age 29. Most running backs are considered well past their prime at 30.
"I know that the window for playing is closing," Rice said. "But if my window closes, I'm going to make sure I open up a thousand more opportunities for kids, to give them an opportunity to pick up where I left off. That's where I'm at. I've got three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl. There's a lot of people that can't go out there and do what I did. But I don't want it to end that way, it's safe to say."