Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Sidney Rice only has interest from Seattle Seahawks

Free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice was once viewed as a solid signing for a few teams looking for wide receiver depth, as he is a quality WR3 with the only major knock against him being health. That knock, though, is an incredibly big one, as Rice played in just eight games last season and has missed 25 regular season games over the past four seasons. When he was fully health in 2012, he caught 50 passes for 748 yards and seven touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks, and he also averaged 15 yards per reception. In fact, Rice consistently averages about 15 yards per catch, and his playmaking ability and hands make him a very good receiver when he’s at his best. While he’s never blown up like he did when he caught passes from Brett Favre, his 2012 numbers show what he’s capable of when his knee is working fine.

Rice was never expected to have a significant market once the Seahawks unsurprisingly made him a cap casualty, but his market is just about barren at this point in time. ESPN NFL Nation’s David Newton reports that no team other than the Seahawks “remains” interested in signing Rice, so any previous suitors (the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints were the only two that I could find) out of an already limited pool are no longer interested.

At this point, it looks like Rice’s only option is to stick around with the Seahawks, and I think Darrell Bevell would be happy to have him back with Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Russell Wilson, and the rest of the bunch. Again, Rice is a talented wide receiver, but the 27-year-old is completely unreliable due to health issues, which also make him seem older than he really is.

The Carolina Panthers were once viewed as a logical landing spot for Rice, and this nugget from Newton came from a mailbag piece in which a fan asked if the Panthers could go after Rice to add a solid veteran to their depleted wide receiver corps. At this point in time, that isn’t in the cards, but Rice is likely holding out for other interested parties and better money. If he signs with someone other than the Seahawks, then it will be a bit of a surprise.

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  • 12th man

    That’s going to be our big exciting free agent pick up?

    • Joe Soriano

      Michael Bennett says, “Hey, at least you still got me.”

      But the real question is, who will your big exciting draft pick-ups be?

  • Jim Doe

    I think rice makes perfect sense. He is a great locker room guy, and if he gets his knee right, he has plenty left in the tank. That new reciever Chris Matthews is intriguing as well. Another six five guy that was a straight workhorse in college and cfl. Check his stats. So all of that considered, we could and two stud o linemen in first two rounds and take advantage of deep wr draft and be in awesome shape. I think it would be the best route.

    • Joe Soriano

      I’ll take a look at Matthews, because I’ve never heard of him haha. Next Jermaine Kearse?

  • Jim Doe

    He knows the system as well, that is a huge possitive

  • Jim Doe


  • MikeH123

    I am so glad the Seahawks took him off our hands. The Vikings ruined at least 3 seasons by relying on him to be their number one WR.

  • silus

    That’s 7 more games than Percy Harvin played.

  • Laurie Conway

    That’s just fine with me…i want him re signed with us.
    #GotRice? #GoHawks!