Derrius Guice may have played his final NFL down at only age 23.
The Washington Football Team released Guice, a third-year running back from LSU, after he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Washington’s decision came quickly, much like when the Chiefs released star Kareem Hunt midway through the 2018 season.
A former second-round pick who impressed on limited touches in 2019, the Washington Football Team moved quickly to rid themselves of Guice. The young running back’s football career could be over.
The background on Derrius Guice’s domestic violence charges
Derrius Guice entered the league as a second-round pick from LSU in 2018.
After he missed his rookie year with a knee injury, Guice averaged totaled 245 yards and two touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry. Guice also caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in five games.
Knee injuries limited Guice’s playing time last year. He would have competed for snaps in a running back room led by the legendary Adrian Peterson, in addition to rookie Antonio Gibson.
That won’t happen now. Guice turned himself in at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center (Va.) on August 7. Police placed Guice in handcuffs and charged him with one count of strangulation and three counts of assault and battery, according to ESPN.
The strangulation charge is a felony in Virginia. Police also charged Guice with one count of destruction of property.
The charges stemmed from three separate domestic violence-related incidents from February through April at Guice’s home in Ashburn, Va.
Guice later was released on a $10,000 uninsured bond.
Washington quickly parted ways with Guice
Less than two hours after Derrius Guice turned himself in to police, the Washington Football Team parted ways with the running back.
In a team-issued statement, the organization said they learned of a “potential domestic violence incident” on August 6. The team told Guice he was “excused” from the team while all sides reviewed the incident.
Washington released Guice a day later.
“This afternoon we learned that there were multiple charges filed against Derrius. Upon review of the nature of these charges and following internal discussions, we have decided to release Derrius immediately.”
Any team is free to sign Guice. However, he will likely remain unsigned until his legal issues are sorted out.
Teams could also wait until the NFL announces any punishment he’d receive.
Derrius Guice’s NFL career may be over
Derrius Guice turned 23 in June. He repeatedly expressed excitement about playing for new coach Ron Rivera and bringing upon a new era in Washington.
Now, Guice is a free agent who may never play in the NFL again. He is facing multiple domestic violence charges and entered the league with various character issues.
A projected first-round pick in 2019, Guice slipped to the 59th overall pick. He famously claimed a team asked him if he liked men and if his mother “sells herself” at the NFL combine. The NFL investigated those claims and found no proof that happened.
Add in the injuries and Guice, while he entered the league with a high ceiling, now may be too much of a risk. His case isn’t like Joe Mixon, who had an assault charge involving a woman in college, or Kareem Hunt, the former Pro Bowl running back who kicked a woman but later earned a job with the Browns.
Mixon’s incident came in college and he’s avoided trouble since then. Hunt was one of the league’s best running backs, which, fairly or unfairly, earned him another job.
Guice, on the other hand, is unproven. His previous issues, both off the field and relating health, make him the one thing teams don’t want: a distraction.