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Breaking News: Sidney Rice To Be Released, Should Kansas City Chiefs Take A Look


 

ABC news is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks are in the process of releasing 27-year-old former Pro-Bowl wide receiver Sidney Rice. Should the Chiefs consider signing him to give QB Alex Smith another target?

Rice burst onto the NFL scene with his breakthrough season at age 23 in 2009. With Brett Favre leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game, and Rice as his no.1 target, the future looked bright for the former South Carolina Gamecock. He caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and 8 TDs.

The problem is, he’s been largely ineffective ever since. He’s struggled with injuries in three out of the next four seasons, only logging a full sixteen games in 2012. Even that year, Rice only put up 748 receiving yards. Yet, in Rice‘s defense, he had a developing Russell Wilson throwing the passes in his rookie season.

In 2013, Rice tore his ACL on October 28 against the Rams and again missed substantial time (8 games). Yet, it is this spotty injury report that makes Rice a free-agent candidate for the Chiefs. GM John Dorsey will have a limited budget to upgrade his roster and a healthy Rice has no. 1 receiver ability. Yet, Rice’s recent track record could keep his demand down to a fairly reasonable 1-year contract to rebuild his value.

Yesterday, KC Kingdom’s own Austin New talked about the Kansas City Chiefs taking a look at a couple of wide receiversJeremy Maclin and Hakeem Nicks. Add Sidney Rice‘s name to the list.

The Chiefs need to work out Rice to see where he is in his rehab. Adding Rice could help take this offense to the next level, at a very reasonable price.

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  • Keaton Henry

    I think the Chiefs would be smart to bring him in on an incentive based contract. Sign him to a two year deal, with details stating that if he can’t stay healthy in the first year, then the Chiefs can void the second year.

    • Joel Wagler

      I agree. He is too big of a play maker not to at least bring in for a work out.

    • KCMikeG

      Agree but a one year contract is more likely with the injury history.

      • Keaton Henry

        True. I’d give him a one year, restricted contract, so that he will be a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. Plus, he will be cheaper than Jeremy Maclin and he has a similar skill set as Maclin.

        • KCMikeG

          If he is healthy I think he is an upgrade for our WR group and a better producer than Maclin who has health issues of his own.

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    If people are going to dog on Maclin for being injury prone but jump on the signing Rice train…you’ve left me speechless. If you sign Rice, its a 1 year, prove you can play and stay healthy contract. AND Rice should be a last resort for the team if we don’t sign anyone else. But thinking Rice will be a knight in shinning armor or something huge for the team, he hasn’t done anything in recent years besides get hurt.

    In my opinion, not worth it.

  • John Thom

    Rice is not having a good year. Sidney or ray

  • Josh Michaels

    low risk, high reward. bring him in on a league minimum for vets and see what happens. If he’s looking for anything more, then no way

  • Stacy D. Smith

    He hasn’t been able to stay healthy, but Kansas City would be crazy not to give him a serious look. With the right contract, I’d sign him.

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