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 receivers – Jeremy 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.