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


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.

43 responses to “Sidney Rice could be done in Seattle, barring a reduced deal

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 $.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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….

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. @drunkwino:

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

    Actually, none.

    Get past it Nancy.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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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