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Sidney Rice gets clearance, could sign soon

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With most of the veteran free-agent receivers already gobbled up and several teams still having needs, another veteran is ready to sign a new contract.

Per a league source, former Vikings and Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice has received clearance to resume football activities from Dr. James Andrews.  Rice tore an ACL on October 28.

Now that Rice has been cleared, don’t be surprised if something happens quickly.  He could sign in the next few days.

Interested teams, we’re told, include the Seahawks, Saints, Giants, and Panthers.

Rice, a second-round pick in 2007, had 1,312 receiving yards in 2009.  His single-season high since then was 748 in 2012 with Seattle.

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  1. chawk12thman says: Apr 14, 2014 2:53 PM

    Doubt that he signs long term or for huge dollars as he will definitely need to prove himself after the injuries he has had. I think the Hawks would still be a good fit for him for a one year contract. Hopefully, he can get back to his previous form and have more than one good season.

  2. thevikesarebest says: Apr 14, 2014 2:58 PM

    Hopefully all the classlessness that comes with a former shehawk is left in Seattle where it belongs.

  3. canadiannflfan says: Apr 14, 2014 2:58 PM

    There was a piece here on PFT last week that the only team interested in signing Rice was the Seahawks.

  4. ravenmadnky says: Apr 14, 2014 3:00 PM

    I never understood the league’s fascination with this guy. In seven seasons, he’s had only one 1,000 yard season. With the exception of a 748 yard season, his normal season is 150 – 500 yards. I understand potential, but eventually potential must give way to reality. He is what he is…a one season wonder, five seasons removed.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:01 PM

    He hasn’t had a good season since way back when the Vikings were marginally relevant.

  6. rskins1979 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:02 PM

    I would rather sign Willie Gault than this bust

  7. randallwoodfield says: Apr 14, 2014 3:03 PM

    The Vikings should sign him to a 1yr veteran minimum contract. No matter how he plays for them, it would guarantee that Seattle would sign him to another $40M contract in 2015.

  8. judalation says: Apr 14, 2014 3:04 PM

    Unless Sidney Rice is taking the Veteran minimum, Stay Far away Jerry Reece! The GMEN font need a WR that is constantly on IR… Thats why we did not resign Hakeem Nicks.

  9. bert1913 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:07 PM

    Incentive based contract should do it.

  10. Go-Hawks! says: Apr 14, 2014 3:08 PM

    I have watched Rice closely over his years in Seattle and the biggest problem I’ve had with him is that he seems to care more about drawing fouls than he does going up for the ball. If it hits him in stride, he’ll catch it. If it doesn’t hit him in stride he grabs the defender and then looks around for a PI flag. Seahawks are better off without him. Thanks for your time Sidney Rice. I hope you catch on somewhere and get more 1000 yard seasons. For the Seahawks, we expect big things from our younger receivers.

  11. favrelous says: Apr 14, 2014 3:09 PM

    Unless Favre comes back this guy is a me first average NFL receiver.

  12. redislander10 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:11 PM

    Cam Newton is going to need to have someone to throw to this season. Got to start somewhere.

  13. dedicatedhawkfan says: Apr 14, 2014 3:11 PM

    For the right (low) price I would love to see him back in a Seahawk jersey. We need a big tall receiver to complement Harvin and Baldwin.

  14. phiddysent says: Apr 14, 2014 3:12 PM

    Betcha the Eagles try to sign him. Low risk for vet minimum. I’m sure he’d go to Philly over the Vikings. If he comes close to performing for Foles like he did Favre…then it’s a steal. You can still draft someone but this would put less pressure on them to draft someone high.

  15. farmmbig says: Apr 14, 2014 3:16 PM

    Cleared to do what?… Walk to the bank and cash large checks?… Even that can be done electronically and not require alot of physical skill..

    The only thing consistent about this guy’s durability is that he’s consistently in the Trainer’s Room.

  16. billsboy88 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:18 PM

    Panthers should make a play for him

  17. bestbadteamaround says: Apr 14, 2014 3:18 PM


  18. seahawkboymike says: Apr 14, 2014 3:19 PM

    He’d be a fool to sign anything but a 1-year deal in Seattle. He knows the team, the QB, the system and he’d have a chance to play for a winner and get his reputation back & cash in next year when the receiver market will be less glutted.

  19. cheaptrix12 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:22 PM

    “His best, he had 1,312 receiving yards in 2009”

    – Thanks Brett Favre.

  20. packh8er says: Apr 14, 2014 3:23 PM

    Favre basically made this guy’s career. I hope he donates at least 10% of his wages to old #4.

  21. ariani1985 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:25 PM

    Seaturds will over pay for him again! Rumor has it they offered him 40 million guaranteed!

  22. darrellpotts2014 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:28 PM

    The Panthers need to make a move…restructure the Godfrey deal to have more cash for a potential 1-2 year deal with Rice.

  23. deflateddome says: Apr 14, 2014 3:29 PM

    Beware of Breaking Glass

  24. darrellpotts2014 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:31 PM

    The 6 “4” height of Rice is his biggest asset. This causes him to be a good redone threat for Cam.

  25. phiddysent says: Apr 14, 2014 3:32 PM

    To all the bashers…who was throwing him the ball outside of the year he played with Favre? Just sayin…..

  26. pdidit09 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:36 PM

    Brett Favre made him a star. If he stays health this kid can play.

  27. rbirving says: Apr 14, 2014 3:39 PM

    Rice is a fabulous china doll.

    He does go after the ball, that’s why he gets banged up, he’s not afraid to mix it up and he doesn’t have the body for it.

    When healthy, he may be the most exciting receiver in the game, he just can’t stay healthy.

  28. pats777 says: Apr 14, 2014 3:49 PM

    How can the Panthers afford to sign anyone at this point? What do they have like $2 mil left to sign all their draft picks?

  29. hugothehornet says: Apr 14, 2014 3:55 PM

    Panthers will probably sign Sid. I’m from SC and played high school bball against the guy for 2 years. Would love to see him in a Panthers uniform back home in Carolina. Incentive laden contract to prove he can still play, but he would fit in well with Avant, Cotchery, and Underwood. Plus add a speedy receiver like Brandin Cooks and our WR looks like it did last year minus Smitty.

  30. raiderluv says: Apr 14, 2014 3:57 PM

    Wow. Not much going on in the NFL world right now.

  31. oldcracker says: Apr 14, 2014 3:59 PM

    How about NE? Brady to Rice sounds like another Patriots rehab story.

  32. whoisthatteam says: Apr 14, 2014 3:59 PM

    If he wanted to make a smart business decision he would come to the Saints and have #9 throwing him passes for a year. If he does well then he can go out and get one last big contract. If he can’t produce in one of the best offenses of the past decade, then he probably won’t produce elsewhere and should retire.

  33. dickshotdogs says: Apr 14, 2014 4:06 PM

    As I read these comments, all I can think about is how unoriginal nearly every one of them are.

  34. dickshotdogs says: Apr 14, 2014 4:07 PM

    And the rest of them simply state the obvious. Ugh.

  35. vikes89allday says: Apr 14, 2014 4:11 PM

    Great when healthy and having Brett favre throw to him.. But he’s made of glass …..

  36. seaeagle707 says: Apr 14, 2014 4:16 PM

    I would hope Rivera can see the good that Rice, can bring to Charlotte, and overlook those chicken legs that get him into trouble. I’d rather see Rice, in Panthers blue, than Seahawks navy.

  37. Big Ant TV says: Apr 14, 2014 4:27 PM

    anybody notice how fast the old NFL Draft weekend came and went april 10,11,12 came and went fast did it not sheesh may 8th is taking forever

  38. palatypus says: Apr 14, 2014 4:30 PM

    Rice played hurt for half a season, then got seriously hurt. I cannot question his commitment.

    He certainly has more commitment than Percy Harvin.

  39. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 14, 2014 4:54 PM

    C’mon back and play with Baldwin, Kearse and Harvin. We still want you on the team and would WELCOME you back!

    12th Man.

  40. tdubdizzle says: Apr 14, 2014 4:57 PM

    The Panthers would be a good fit. Good veteran presence and he was around a Superbowl winner, hopefully he knows what it takes to win a Superbowl.

  41. tap79 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:26 PM

    We would love Rice to stay in Seattle but it has to be a 1 maybe 2 year deal… When he was healthy last season he underperformed and that cap situation is just on the edge so much so that giving him a huge contract is not worth it.

  42. linemanguy74 says: Apr 14, 2014 6:08 PM

    Hawks better sign him as Harvin is good for a game or two

  43. junkmtb says: Apr 14, 2014 6:24 PM

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES Panthers go get your #1!!!!!!!!

  44. hawksfan99 says: Apr 14, 2014 7:00 PM

    Sidney rice > whole Vikings franchise

  45. pantherfan40 says: Apr 14, 2014 9:20 PM

    the panthers are most likely going to release godfrey

  46. pantherfan40 says: Apr 14, 2014 9:23 PM

    i hope we get him!!!!!!!!!! please gettleman

  47. ancienthawkfan says: Apr 14, 2014 10:09 PM

    JC says he will sign for a low end salary with the Hawks. He’ll be welcomed back with open arms. People don’t realize that the Hawks don’t throw enough for there to be a receiver to have huge numbers. Tate will be proof of this in Detroit. People downgrade Hawks receivers for their low reception and yardage counts, but they miss that they had great reliability (low drops) and that their YPA was great. Rice, if healthy is way better than you realize.

  48. canadiannflfan says: Apr 14, 2014 11:04 PM

    This seems like an amazingly-fast recovery from a torn ACL (< 6 months).

  49. themackstrong says: Apr 14, 2014 11:53 PM

    I am not a biggest fan of Sidney Rice only because he was getting paid too much on Seattle’s roster. Most general fans parrot others and say “Brett Farve” made him”…2012 when he had those 748 yards he also had 7 TD’s and numerous 3rd down conversions in a run first offense that didn’t open up until the 2nd half with Wilson as a rookie.

    The guy also has no ego and if you listen to Doug Baldwin, Kearse or even Tate when he was here they all credit Sidney for showing them how to be a pro. If he signs a 1 or 2 year deal with the Hawks I think it could solid pick up at the right price. The guy knows Bevell’s system and Wilson trust him.

  50. sayly75 says: Apr 15, 2014 3:25 AM

    Viks sux to be in the NFL since conception and no superbowl. Viks fans just need to shut up before AP leaves also.

  51. kamthechancellor says: Apr 15, 2014 10:20 AM

    I’d love to have him back, but there’s so many wrs to be had in the upcoming draft. Plus they signed Matthews. Kearse stepped his game up late in the year, I’d like to see him get more opportunities, too. Jace Amaro and Sefarian-Jenkins could fill that redzone threat nicely as well.

  52. dvdheg says: Apr 15, 2014 11:09 AM

    4-5 million would be ok on a one year contract.any more no way

  53. rick359 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:06 PM

    Glad to hear it!
    Best of luck Sidney!!
    Love to get him back in Seattle!

  54. sweetnlow44 says: Apr 15, 2014 2:03 PM

    Would love to see Rice back on the Seahawks! At the right price, of course, and I’m sure Schneider won’t overspend considering his injuries. We have solid guys in Baldwin, Kearse, and Harvin, but Rice adds a receiver with size.

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