It was two weeks ago that the Seahawks decided to cut ties with Sidney Rice, making him a salary-cap casualty after three seasons in Seattle.
Now it appears the Seahawks may want Rice back.
This is an interesting twist. I’m told the #Seahawks are now interested in re-signing WR Sidney Rice, a salary cap casualty.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2014
After losing Golden Tate to the Detroit Lions earlier this week, the Seahawks have shifted one of their free agent focuses to the receiver position.
They have already signed former New England Patriots receiver Taylor Price, who has played in six games in two professional seasons. And they are reportedly close to a deal with former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley who, while not technically a receiver, could serve as a big middle-of-the-field target for Russell Wilson.
Rice was originally cut because “his $8.5 million salary was untenable with Percy Harvin’s cap number sky-rocketing to $13.4 million,” according to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling.
He tore his ACL in October, but Pete Carroll said he recovered very well, via The Seattle Times.
“Sidney has had an unbelievable recovery from his surgery. He, within weeks, was back up with almost total inflection extension. It’s just almost unheard of type of recovery. It’s so far ahead of schedule. So that’s great for Sid. We’ll see how that turns out. But right off the bat, we’ve never seen anybody like that. So we’re all thrilled about it.”
Rice had 15 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns last season before getting injured.
His best season was, by far, in 2009 with the Minnesota Vikings. He recorded 83 catches for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns, all career-highs.