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Sidney Rice could be done in Seattle, barring a reduced deal

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The Seattle career of receiver Sidney Rice could be ending not with a bang or a whimper but the snapping of an ACL.

With Rice suffering in late October a multi-month knee injury that necessarily will limit him through the offseason and into 2014, the Seahawks could decide to move on, unless Rice will agree to a major reduction in his big-money deal.

Rice is due to earn a base salary of $8.5 million in 2014, an amount that his past performance and current health won’t justify.  With a post-June 1 designation, the Seahawks could shed the contract with a $1.2 million cap charge in 2014 and 2015, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

Given that cornerback Richard Sherman surely will want a new contract after the coming season and that quarterback Russell Wilson’s mega-deal is looming after 2014, it makes sense to move on from Rice — especially with the investment made during the offseason in receiver Percy Harvin.

Rice had 15 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season.  Last year, he had 50 catches for 748 yards and seven scores in 16 starts.

It seems that Rice will be sticking around only if he agrees to significantly reduce his pay for next year, and beyond.  Given that no one else will be paying him $8.5 million for 2013, it could make sense to take the best offer Seattle eventually makes.

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43 Responses to “Sidney Rice could be done in Seattle, barring a reduced deal”
  1. hendeeze says: Oct 29, 2013 7:53 PM

    They have special powder that they sprinkle on ailments such as these in Seattle.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 29, 2013 7:57 PM

    Wish you had Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson huh. #ThreeTop10NFLWRsinDC

  3. farvite says: Oct 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    Could?

    ‘Sh’ are the consonants you were looking for.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 29, 2013 8:06 PM

    Wish you had Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson huh. #ThreeTop10NFLWRsinDC

    I don’t think any team “wishes” they had those 3, even the Redskins.

  5. beastmode5150 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:08 PM

    Vet minimum and you can stay.

  6. anicra says: Oct 29, 2013 8:14 PM

    Bout to see if Rice is a team player or out for himself/out the door

  7. tobis81 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:24 PM

    You’re trying to say we wish we had Garcon, Moss, and Hankerson??? Top 3 receivers??? LMFAO, in you’re dreams kid!!! I’ll take Harvun, Tate, and Baldwin over those guys any day… Garcon is pretty decent, and Jordan Reed looks good, that’s about it!

  8. drunkwino says: Oct 29, 2013 8:30 PM

    He’ll be fine. The HGH testing hasn’t started yet.

  9. hawkforlife says: Oct 29, 2013 8:31 PM

    And it keeps going. Whatever happened to a little civility. The guy got hurt and all you SOBs can do is belittle him and bring up the dead line of PED use. Worse you don’t even know the facts.

    Get a life or enjoy football and the men who play it. It’s a game remember.

  10. farvite says: Oct 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    Dollar for production, Rice is one of the worst signings in recent memory.

  11. packh8er says: Oct 29, 2013 8:39 PM

    Can we just officially change his name to “One Good Year”? This is exactly why the Vikes let him walk away in free agency, he is ALWAYS hurt and in 2010 he waited to have surgery until he would miss half the season, definitely DON’T expect him to be a team player. He’ll be off to whereever will give him the next $.

  12. henryjones20 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:40 PM

    ok I admit I’m starting to smile at logicalvoice, but only because I am amazed how some ppl blow a gasket over his nonsense.job well done.

  13. skolvikesskol says: Oct 29, 2013 8:42 PM

    Skol vikes! Another stupid signing of Vikings by shehawks.

  14. darkneptune73 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:51 PM

    Too bad Favre isn’t the QB of the Vikings or else we’d welcome Rice back with open arms. But with Ponder and Freeman there, Rice would rather retire.

  15. dukeearl says: Oct 29, 2013 8:51 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Oct 29, 2013 7:57 PM
    Wish you had Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson huh. #ThreeTop10NFLWRsinDC

    ****************

    Actually the hashtag is probably correct, outside of DC though, they aren’t anywhere near the top ten.

  16. hauts81 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    I hope Wilson gets Flacco money.

  17. fumblenuts says: Oct 29, 2013 8:56 PM

    As Harblow rubs his hands together frantically laughing while rolling his eyes……………………..

  18. pacificnw7722 says: Oct 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    skolvikesskol says: Oct 29, 2013 8:42 PM

    Skol vikes! Another stupid signing of Vikings by shehawks.

    _________________________________________________________

    Says the dude with the Vike’s team record at 1-6….

  19. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 29, 2013 9:12 PM

    They weren’t keeping him at that salary next year anyway. Sucks that his season has to end like that though. Even if he wasn’t having a big year, it would have been good to have him for depth this season. It’s not his fault the passing game is shaky right now with the offensive line woes the way they are. Rice was a down field threat and Wilson hasn’t had time to let those routes develop for the most part this season. Seattle’s next 3 draft picks are going to be offensive lineman, wide reciever, and tight end…not necessarily in that order. They have to build around Wilson and keep him from taking so many hits.

  20. swaggyy says: Oct 29, 2013 9:19 PM

    Rice sucks I hope they cut him. Illogical voice, jump off a cliff.

  21. thejuddstir says: Oct 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    Sid Rice…..the china doll of all china dolls. Rice had one good year in his entire career and he can thank B. Favre for that. Favre made Rice and Rice should be paying him.

  22. drunkwino says: Oct 29, 2013 9:22 PM

    hawkforlife says:
    Oct 29, 2013 8:31 PM
    And it keeps going. Whatever happened to a little civility. The guy got hurt and all you SOBs can do is belittle him and bring up the dead line of PED use. Worse you don’t even know the facts
    ——————–
    Pats fans listen to spygate cracks all day here
    Saints fans listen to bounty cracks all day here
    Jax fan has to listen to lolJags cracks all day here
    How much of your team flunked drug tests lately?

    Get over it Nancy.

  23. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    hendeeze, that was a brilliant comment. So witty and original! Keep ‘em comin’ man, your comments are genius!

  24. bennyb82 says: Oct 29, 2013 9:29 PM

    He should be all for a salary reduction versus getting cut because there is no way he gets much over the minimum with another team given his production.

  25. allday420ap says: Oct 29, 2013 9:38 PM

    Sid the kids is welcome in minny, unlike pu55y boy harvin. Best of luck to Sidneys recovery effort

  26. jimiinpa says: Oct 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    hauts81 says:Oct 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    I hope Wilson gets Flacco money.
    ———————————————————-GOTTA WIN SOMETHING FIRST

  27. norwegianwud says: Oct 29, 2013 9:47 PM

    Sid was really performing w/ the Vikings way back, but has been so injury prone that I don’t see him getting another shot in Seattle. Hate to see all of these injuries for vets this year. Makes it hard for teams to keep or re-sign them vs. move on to younger, cheaper through the draft. Gone are the days of keeping a solid roster together due to CAP and CBA. It’s all “stick and move” now. Good luck, Sid!

  28. andrewluck12 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:09 PM

    too bad for rice. he’s actually somewhat produced for them. what has percy done?

  29. jharmon64 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:18 PM

    IT’s a little to early to hand Russell Wilson a “mega deal”.

  30. herkulease says: Oct 29, 2013 10:19 PM

    Seattle should cut their lost and move on.

    They have effective paid out 25 million for a guy that in 3 years played only 33 regular season games for 1463 yards and 12 TDs.

    That is roughly the same performance Doug Baldwin gave them except he only costed them ~1.4 million.

    They’ll save ~16 million over the next two season, which they can use towards resigning guys coming off rookie deals.

    You know guys like Sherman, Browner, Thomas, along with several will be looking at wanting a contract in those two years.

    That’s before Russell Wilson’s likely new deal. Which they can wait out until after 2015 season to address.

  31. cags777 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:35 PM

    Listen to your team along with medical professionals instead of your agent next time. That way, you won’t be perceived as a “me first” receiver.

  32. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:06 PM

    Would have been interesting to see Harvin out there with rice again. Now Harvin is in almost the same situation he was in when rice and moss left…no big time deep threat.

    But Wilson is a huge upgrade compared to ponder and mcnabb so that’s good.

  33. aaronp2098 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:56 PM

    It’s easy to use the term next man up for Seattle. Sidney is sitting down, and Percy is just getting ready to go. If he is at 80% of how he played the beginning of last year that will be a huge upgrade.

  34. fitzfan25 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:59 PM

    Wish you had Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson huh. #ThreeTop10NFLWRsinDC

    Ya know abusing drugs is a serious problem and you should seek help. I’m pretty sure all NFC West recieving corps are far better off than the Redskins.

  35. iluvbears says: Oct 30, 2013 4:53 AM

    The Vikings were right about Rice, just as they will be proven to have been right about Harvin.

  36. FlashPatterson says: Oct 30, 2013 8:30 AM

    Harvin needs a big buddy to be most effective. someone to pat his but and say good job kid, like a father or big bro. he latched onto moss and that’s when the trouble started. he’ll be either reinjured or demanding a new deal by next season.

  37. beastmode5150 says: Oct 30, 2013 9:19 AM

    He’s being cut. Hawks will use that money to resign Richard Sherman.

  38. orcahawk says: Oct 30, 2013 1:02 PM

    So he’d have to take a haircut on pay? I always thought he’d run faster that way anyway –

    Maybe we did pay too much for Syd, but that “one good year” we got out of him was a hair’s breadth from the SB. Timing is everything in the NFL.

    Now we need a long-body receiver with some vertical. Can we get the Jags to un-claim Stephen Williams and give him back?

  39. seehawksgo says: Oct 30, 2013 1:58 PM

    @drunkwino:

    “How much of your team flunked drug tests lately?”

    Actually, none.

    Get past it Nancy.

  40. boyshole25 says: Oct 30, 2013 3:30 PM

    Hoping for a speedy recovery
    -skins fan

  41. mrseaballs says: Oct 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    My bet is he stays. Money isn’t everything in life and he’s already banked more than enough to live the rest of his life. Seattle is the place to be. Players love it here and the Seahawks will be getting a lot of home team discount contracts.

  42. chawk12thman says: Oct 31, 2013 1:41 AM

    Agree with your viewpoint on this one. Doubt that he will remain and take much less. Some team out there will pay him at least 3/4 of his current money and maybe even give more with incentive pay.

    Sorry that he will likely leave and I hope for the best for him. He is a quality person, player and teammate.

  43. bkw423 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:21 PM

    I wish Sidney the best with his health and future endeavors. I saw him play many times during his college career at SC. He was much loved as a person and player here. We will always love him in South Carolina!

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