Seahawks Release Sidney Rice

FEBRUARY 28: Rice has officially been released by the Seahawks, the team announced today (Twitter link).

FEBRUARY 21: The Seahawks are releasing Sidney Rice, a league source tells Adam Schefter of (on Twitter). The wide receiver signed a five-year, $41MM contract in July 2011. Jason Fitzgerald of (via Twitter) estimates that parting ways with Rice will give the Seahawks an extra $7.3MM in cap space.

Rice, 27,¬†missed eight games this past season due to injury, a common theme throughout his career. The veteran tallied just¬†15 receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns before an ACL tear ended his campaign in late October. Rice’s medical records also include a serious hip injury and multiple concussions.

It’s possible that the Seahawks will redirect the savings on Rice’s contract towards re-signing fellow wide receiver Golden Tate, who has expressed willingness to take a hometown discount to stay in Seattle. Defensive end Michael Bennett is also hitting free agency this offseason and the club may also look to hammer out extensions with cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas.

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  1. Justin Olsen

    Its rough seeing Sidney Rice go. Even after injury he supported his team and was very vocal. Despite the fact he wasn’t out there playing and all indications point toward him getting released. I wish him well. Maybe even bring him back at a discounted price?

  2. johnrhee

    Please keep Michael Bennett and let Zach Miller go in free agency by replacing him w/ Michael’s brother, Martellus, from the Bears in a trade w/o giving up too much on draft picks but some players in positions that are deep in depth chart wise.

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