Sept. 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) drops the ball after being tackled in by an Arizona Cardinal defender in the first quarter against Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks should try to sign Sidney Rice to short-term deal

Sidney Rice is looking for a team and the Seahawks are looking for a wide receiver.

Why not reunite the two?

Rice received medical clearance on Monday to resume football activities after having surgery to repair a torn ACL that he suffered in October.

Four teams are reportedly interested in signing the veteran — the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and the Seahawks.

Pro Football Talk reported that Rice could sign within the next few days.

It would make the most sense if that signing was with the Seahawks.

Rice was with the team the past three seasons, and while he wasn’t a flat-out superstar in Seattle (by any means), he still put up productive numbers when healthy.

He had his best season as a Seahawk in 2012, when he played in all 16 games and caught 50 passes for 748 yards and seven touchdowns. All of those were 2nd-best in his career, following his 2009 campaign with the Minnesota Vikings.

That year, he had 83 catches for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns, by far career-highs. After that season, Rice was named to his only Pro Bowl.

Rice still has the capability to put up those numbers, if he can stay healthy.

If he signs in Seattle, he could be a No. 2 receiver, right in between Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin. He knows how the offense works at this point and he could add a veteran presence in the locker room that the Seahawks could use on offense.

If Seattle signs him, they should do it at a relatively low cost, nothing like the five-year, $41 million deal the two sides agreed on three years ago.

Something like a one-year, $5 million contract sounds right. Maybe add some incentives in there that way there is no pressure forRice to live up to his contract and no worry about the Seahawks having invested too much money in him.

A contract like that would be very low risk, high reward for both sides, but it could go either way.

Rice could have a decent year and decide to stay in Seattle for a few more years after putting up productive, consistent numbers or he could get hurt next season and force Seattle to let him walk after his contract runs out.

It seems like the best match for both Rice and the Seahawks, and it is.

Hopefully the two sides will make it happen this week.

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  • seattleseahawks360

    I love Sidney…. Durability is an issue, but I want him here… He already counts as $2.9M against the cap… So we definitely should give him that plus $2.1 on a one year deal.

  • Ron Grummer

    I wouldn’t want him if he wanted as much as Golden Tate was offered. If he was willing to come back for a one year deal at say $3.5M (inclusive of his existing cap hit) let him put on the uniform. If he wants more than that let him find someone else to pay him.

  • Diodatto

    They would be better of resigning S. Rice.

  • JTGleason

    This is what I had suggested 2 weeks ago, also. The only difference now is that some other teams are supposedly giving him a “Hey, what’s up?” call. Still, if he came back on the cheap for a year, to prove something of his time with Seattle, he might solve the dilemma of wanting to pick a WR on high come draft day. The Seahawks could still scout for a “Sleeper” in the lower rounds.

    Here’s another consideration. The Seahawks have lost a lot of free agents compared to who they have signed. This could mean up to maximum compensatory picks in 2015, including some high rounders (Tate, Bryant). Even if they are at the bottom of the draft order, Seattle may have around 10-11 picks to play with for the 2015 crop of receivers. If they can hold on for this upcoming season, They could replenish with a bundle of future players in the following year, and maybe even draft their own personal 12th Man to boot!