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Rice out for the year, days with Seahawks could be done

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm with 70 Comments »
October 29, 2013 3:53 pm

The Seahawks lost wide receiver Sidney Rice for the year Tuesday because of a torn ACL suffered in Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

The injury was first reported by Pro Football Talk.

Rice left the field in the second quarter and did not return to the game. Afterward, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Rice hurt his head and knee during the game, and did not know the extent of Rice’s injuries.

He said the same thing Tuesday morning during an appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle.

After signing a 5-year, $41 million deal in July of 2011, Rice’s production has been moderate. A Pro-Bowl player in 2009, Rice had just 15 catches this season for 231 yards. Last season was his best during two-plus seasons with Seattle. He made 50 catches and gained 748 yards.

Rice is scheduled to make $8.5 million in 2014. Because of that and the injury, he is unlikely to remain with the Seahawks. Rice’s salary would be a $9.7 million salary cap hit if he was on the roster next season and would be a $2.4 million cap hit if he was cut.

The Seahawks have numerous contracts to deal with at the end of the season, including cornerback Brandon Browner, wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive lineman Michael Bennett, among others.

At the beginning of August, Rice left Seahawks camp to receive treatment for patellar tendonitis in Switzerland.

His best game in 2013 was during a blowout of the Jacksonville Jaguars when he made five catches for 79 yards.

With Rice done, the Seahawks begin searching for replacements. Jermaine Kearse is an in-house option. As is the anticipated return of Percy Harvin, who could be activated this week from the physically unable to perform list.

The NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday at 1 p.m. without the Seahawks making any deals.

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  1. Hawkjitsu says:

    Bye Bye Sid. Nice almost having a legit #1 WR. Percy will do.

  2. CDHawkFan says:

    People debated if he was a #1 receiver. Since half the year was over he was on pace for 30 catches and less than 500 yards for the year. That is #3 or lower numbers, not worth #1 money.

  3. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Time for Kearse to step up, even though he had a really bad 3rd down drop last night.

  4. doubledink says:

    I’m really sorry for Sid. I wish him all the best. Really tough break.

  5. doubledink says:

    Where is Stephen Williams playing now?

  6. Southendzone says:

    Jacksonville picked up Williams. I just posted in the other thread that Gus should do us a favor and waive him.

  7. That’s a perfect week to get these guys back. I think they need 1 game to get ready before the most important 2 game regular season stretch since 1984.

  8. I’m saying this while laughing… how about that Ricardo Lockette guy?


  9. Somebody tell me, what receiver in the NFL could join this team and get 80 or 90 catches and 1000 yards? We just don’t throw that much. Rice proved what he could do in an offense that throws a lot. We did not overpay. We paid market value and then threw the ball 25 time a game. I love Wilson and all but don’t see him making stars out of any receivers.

  10. sluggo42 says:

    I blame Rices lack of a career here on Cables inability to create a line. RW has never had the time to get the ball to the longer routes that rice runs.

    Tom cable is a bust

  11. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I don’t want to see Doug Baldwin go once Percy gets here. Yet, Doug will probably lose the starting slot receiver job once Percy is healthy. I think Doug Baldwin is a little shorter than what Pete wants out of a number 1 receiver. Yet, Doug has proven to be consistent. Maybe this is an opportunity for Doug to step up.

  12. Now we know whose roster spot Harvin takes.

    Hey, Ben Obomanu is available. Because of his familiarity with the system and coaches, he would fit in well as a mid season pick up. Even so, I don’t seriously suggest this.

    My guess is that Rices role will be filled by Kearse and Harvin.

  13. CDHawk”fan” – Congratulations. You should be happy then. You don’t have to worry about this loser hurting the chances of this team moving forward from today.

  14. grizindabox24 says:

    Glen Peer ‏@weekapaug009 1h
    Schefter on Sportscenter “I suspect we are a few weeks away from seeing Percy Harvin…losing Sidney won’t speed up the timetable”

  15. freedom_X says:

    Rice’s numbers were certainly deflated in the Seattle offense, but he was never anything close to the transcendent receiver people thought Seattle was getting. Rice never created coverage problems for opposing defenses. I never heard any analyst describe how Rice forced defenses to roll coverages his way, opening things up for the other pass catchers.

    Rice had one big season in his entire career, and got paid off of that, + the idea of his boundless potential. Which turned out to be very bounded, because he has a long history of injuries. I would say he was only truly healthy in that one big Brett Favre intro year with the Vikings. Rice played all 16 games last year, but I think his physical ability had already been worn down and he wasn’t nearly the same player physically last year as he was in his one big season.

    Basically, Rice became damaged goods. Since Seattle had salary cap space to spare, it wasn’t a waste to sign an $8 million/yr receiver for an offense that “throws 25 times a game”, but now that cap space is tighter, Seattle will need a lot more production for that kind of money. Even if it’s just drawing extra coverage away from the other receivers and making teams back off the line of scrimmage at least a bit more.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Yes week 13 and 14 are shaping up to be huge. But they’ll be relatively meaningless if they don’t take care of the 3 games ahead of them going into the bye.

  17. chuck_easton says:

    Unfortunately we are not likely to see Harvin until the Atlanta game at the earliest and most likely not until the Vikings game.

  18. sluggo42 says:

    I think Sid gave his all here, and whatever happens, I wish him my best.
    Next man up…
    Spotlight on Kearse

  19. Rice was one of the league leaders in yards per target last season, and receptions per target. This year he has nt got open often, and not made as many of those difficult grabs. Tough break for him, we don’t have great receiver depth right now.

  20. bird_spit says:

    Weak wr corp just got significantly weaker.

  21. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Give Luke Willson a chance to play more with Sidney out. He has the ability and skills to be a passing catching TE. We may have a hidden gem here if given a chance. You could even split him out at times to use his size at receiver.

  22. MITCHHAWK8 says:

    How about moving Luke Willson to Rice`s spot?? Probably couldn`t hurt,,has the speed and size. GO HAWKS

  23. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    P.S. Sean Locklear is available. He actually played better with the Giants last year. I saw most of their games as mh fiance likes them.

  24. Southendzone says:

    On my list of Seahawk concerns, losing Rice is probably out of the top 5. I say that even with an assumption that Harvin can’t get on the field for a single snap this year.

    If this means that Baldwin gets more targets I’m all for it. Tate is playing well and if Kearse steps his game up just a bit we will be fine.

  25. VNHLNFAN says:

    This o-line looks a lot like what Jackson went through a few years back. Not much depth after 3 years of Cable. just saying..

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    There is hope for the Seahawks-

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    And he will lead us all to Super Bowl victory!

  28. Regardless of what some posters are implying, Sydney Rice made an important contribution to the team. If he doesn’t make that critical catch with both toes in bounds a couple of weeks ago, we lose that game. He has made TD catches that have won games for us. He may have cost the team a lot of dollars, but that’s not his fault. I can’t imagine anyone on this blog passing up $8 million a year.

    Best wishes, Sydney. Take care of yourself and get well soon. And if you can still play when you get healthy and you want to come back at a price that’s reasonable at the time, hey, I for one would extend the “Mike Rob” welcome.

  29. GeorgiaHawk says:

    My bad, I didn’t think it went through the first time. Lol.

  30. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It would be nice to have Chris Harper back now.

  31. nmseafan says:

    I think The Rockette is going to have his shot. That might be why they brought him back. Maybe they knew something wasn’t right with Rice even before last night.

  32. Im sad to hear Rice blew his ACL. GIven the decline in his play–and I DONT mean his stats–this year, I believe his career is now in serious doubt.

    Rice hasnt been a deep threat since he injured his hip in Minny. It cost him some speed. And he definitely lost a step in that department since last year. He’s also never been a very physical player, nor has he been the kind of dependable tough-catch guy we needed, like Fitz: Rice made some amazing catches, but he missed plenty more tough ones.

    Overall, even aside from all the time missed due to injuries, his Seahawk tenure has been a major disappointment. And again, thats not even taking into account his stats, which are hampered by this offense. He just never was that guy; the one you throw the ball to on third an long four times on a drive to win the game.

    Darrell Jackson was a much better WR than Rice ever was, and tougher too by far. And this despite his occasional bouts of dropsies; that guy made more brutal tough catches in one year than Rice has his whole career. And he got open when the whole stadium knew he was the man…

    Not to bag on Rice too hard. He was our most polished WR, and Kearse has shown the last couple weeks that he isnt ready for prime time, so were gonna miss Rice more than a lot of folks seem to think. Those sideline tiptoe catches were pretty key too, even if he was only good for two catches a game, those two were money.

    And Rice has always been a good Seahawk, staying out of trouble and never being a diva. I wish him well in his recovery, but I think the guy is done.

  33. Harper and Lockette are like Bailey and Bowie; potential but no real help this year.

    Baldwin may get his wish and get to play some FL once Harvin comes back. Baldwin is a stud, he’ll play well. Kearse has fallen apart the last couple weeks, I hope he figures it out.

  34. OregonHawk says:

    What about Bryan Walters? Is he on the active roster?

  35. chuck_easton says:

    Walters is on the active roster but he’s another slot receiver. Seattle has Baldwin, Walters, and Harvin when he gets healthy that are all slot guys.

    What Seattle doesn’t have is depth on the outside. It’s now down to Tate and Kearse.

  36. Georgia, how exactly would having a guy back that couldn’t catch the ball in PRESEASON help this team right now. SMH. ;-)

    STTBM, I think it’s almost certain that Rice is done here unless he wants to come back in 2014 for the vet minimum and compete for a spot. The Hawks cutting him and adding 7.3 mil to the 2014 cap is a no-brainer at this point.

  37. montanamike2 says:

    I don’t think Rice will be able to contribute much after his latest injury, thanks for playing your heart out and making some spectacular catches, but i think the body is saying it’s time to retire.

  38. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t Know bbmate, ask the Green Bay Packers.
    BTW- Fumble hands Kearse dropped another one yesterday. Do we just cut him because of that?
    If we were grading Kearse last year like we grade Harper this year Kearse would have been cut.

  39. Screensmoke says:

    Any vet free agents worth looking at with size. I would think that is the only type of receiver they would be interested in at this point?

  40. boucherm says:

    I think this makes him far more likely to be on the team next year.
    He already would not have been on the team at that cost, and now his market value will be much lower. This inj makes him a one year, low money guy next year in my mind. Coming off a good year, he could reasonably expected a contract elsewhere. If it’s a one year, prove you’re healthy thing, I’d think that’s the best chance he stays in the NW.

  41. montanamike2 says:

    boucherm i was thinking of his knee problems mostly.

  42. Georgia, why the hell would I ask the GB Packers? He has a whopping ZERO catches for his career. He does have 1 tackle for them, have to give you that. That’s 3 NFL teams in half of his first season. And GB is DESPERATE for WRs. Not exactly a hall of fame start to his career. So, explain to0 me how he helps this team now again? Kearse isn’t going to have anyone confuse him for a top flight WR right now, but he’s a damn sight better than Harper at this point. I don’t understand your continued infatuation with him?

  43. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Poor Russell Wilson. First he has to play with the worst O-line in the NFL.
    Then he has to play with three potential nut cases in Harvin, Tate, and Kearse.
    To top that off it looks like Lynch is now acting like a punk.

    I just hope we don’t lose Baldwin over this because he gets sick of playing with these Divas.

  44. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbmate- You would have said the same exact thing about Tate his rookie year, and even his second year.

    Remember that WRs rarely come in their rookie year and produce. For many it takes 2-3 years. So how hard is that to understand?

  45. Screensmoke says:

    Judas Priest – End the lovers quarrel allready!wow:-)

  46. Georgia, what are you talking about? Tate actually CAUGHT some balls his rookie year. 21 actually for 227 yards. Harper has YET to catch a pass and has been cut by 2 teams in half a year. He has a job on a team desperate for receivers. You have ceased making any sense. And a receiver needing to0 develop over 2-3 years still has nothing to do with helping the Hawks NOW. How does Harper help them NOW?????????

  47. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbmate- We all just witnessed Kearse dropping a ball against the Rams.
    You didn’t see that?

    Anyways, good to argue with you again however I have to go sleep now.

    Take care.

  48. Dukeshire says:

    “To top that off it looks like Lynch is now acting like a punk.”

    Is this in reference to the unconfirmed finger he allegedly threw to the sideline last week, or something else? Because from where I sit, few if any care more about this team then Marshawn and his relentless effort would seem to speak to that. But again, there may be something I’m unaware of.

  49. Get well, Sidney. Somehow I don’t think we’ve seen the last of you. Get better, get right. You deserve a ring and now your team mates will take care of business.

  50. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbmate- One last thing. Look at the other WRs that Tate played with his rookie year.
    Now look at the WRs that Harper had to play with his rookie year in Seattle.
    By far a much better group for Harper to crack then it was for Tate to crack.
    So just because Tate had more catches his rookie year doesn’t mean he was worthy of them. It just meant that our other WRs sucked that bad.

  51. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Duke- The finger and his talk with Carroll about Wilson taking the ball twice on the goal line.
    I don’t dispute Lynch as being relentless with his effort to help this team, however this is still a QB driven league and you can take all of the Petersons, Lynch’s, and whoevers that run the ball and it will make much less impact to a teams chance of winning then Elite QBs have for their teams.
    This is Russell Wilsons team now and Lynch needs to just shut up and listen to the man that can finally lead this team to a Super Bowl win.

  52. PFF ’13 Dropped Passes Stats:
    OPP SEA Dropped Passes, #-by
    @CAR 2, 1-M.Lynch, 1-S.Williams
    SF 0
    JAX 1, 1-R.Turbin
    @HOU 0
    @IND 2, 1-G.Tate, 1-L.Willson
    TEN 0
    @AZ 1, 1-J.Kearse
    @STL 2, 1-J.Kearse, 1-G.Tate
    8 SEA drops

  53. FleaFlicker says:

    ditto what Duke said

  54. Screensmoke says:

    G hawk- I think your great- but I think u might have been on to something a few posts back when u said goodnight-your money- but u may have had one to many tonight my friend.- if not my bad !

  55. Dukeshire says:

    Hahaha. Somehow, my Lynch question turned into a conversation about the importance of an elite QB? Holy non-sequiturs.

    Also Georgia, Carroll point blank said about those two goal line bootlegs, that Wilson made the wrong read(s) and that he shouldn’t have had the option of not giving it to Lynch. So, if we’re (you) having him listen to the man than can finally lead this team to a Super Bowl win, he probably appreciates what Carroll had to say.

  56. Georgia, those were the numbers I could find. I saw him make the drop yesterday. That’s why we have people like klm with access to the advanced stats. Thanks klm.

    And I’m not saying that Harper will never be a good receiver. I was a fan of his after they drafted him. But he didn’t put up in TC is the bottom line. And SF released him as well. Their WRs suck. Regardless, you said that it would be nice to have Harper back now. I’m saying he doesn’t help them at all right now. And you’ve said nothing that disproves that.

  57. seahawks13 says:

    Time for Sherman to play offense a little bit. It would be great to see him play both sides. Cards let Peterson do it. Why not a few plays a game other than the injury risk? Guy is a ball “hawk”.

  58. sluggo42 says:

    What’s the topic again? Oh ya

    It’s cables fault, he is a crappy line coach and he needs to go, long with his crappy coaching concepts…

    Cable is a bust

  59. I hope Rice rehabs in the offseason and comes back for the vet minimum, but for now he is 100% guaranteed to get cut in the offseason after we IR him for this year. I hope he makes a killing with his Wing Stop franchises.

    Whenever he was on RealRob, Sid was a really good guy that took care of the other WR’s and DB’s and fed them at his house because he knew he was the veteran and made a lot more than the other younger guys on our team. And he made some memorable catches, the one with the most impact probably being the catch against the Patriots.

    Good luck Sid, and on a lighter note get a functioning belt or some better fitting pants, his ass is always blurred out when it pops out as he tumbles making that game winning catch against the Pats.

  60. ChrisHolmes says:

    Hate seeing this happen to Sidney. I felt like he was going to see some more action once Harvin got on the field and started to draw some attention away.

    It’s a bummer. His salary will make him a cut casualty.

    I think we all knew this was probably Sidney’s last season, but I never expected it to end this way.

    Here’s hoping that Kearse can step it up.

    P.S. Anyone else concerned about the Bucs game? Does this have “perfect storm” written all over it? Winless team coming to the C-Link and we just laid an egg against the Rams? Winless team getting its first win against the vaunted Seahawks in Seattle? Boy, wouldn’t the writers love that story… Ugh.

  61. sluggo42 says:

    No way Holmes

    The boys were embarrassed on MNF, they will be looking to right the ship and they will be mad… Bucks in for a beat down.

    Bevell gets a chance to figure out some plays to hurt 8 in the box.

    Cable gets another chance to show his ineptness…

  62. HawkFromDay1 says:

    Good luck Sid!

    While he never put up eye-popping numbers, he was always reliable when targeted.

    That TD this season when he jumped in front of the defender and plucked it out of the air will always stand out in my mind.

    Great player, reliable hands and glad he made some money before this injury.

  63. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbmate- I never said Harper could or would help now, just that it would be nice to have him back.

  64. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Screensmoke Lol, You are right.

  65. PugetHawk says:

    Harvin, Tate, and Baldwin are going to be just fine. Sidney’s knee that he had worked on in Switzerland was a bigger problem than it was reported to be. Sadly, a career may have come to an end and on a play where he didn’t make contact with anyone.
    We might actually be better without him since he clearly wasn’t the same player.

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