This tweet just popped, followed by multiple reports that Sidney Rice has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks. I can confirm Rice has agreed to terms with the Seahawks. He still needs to sign his contract.
Rice received medical clearance Monday to participate in football activities. He played eight games last season before a torn ACL in Week 8 versus the St. Louis Rams ended his season. He was cut during the offseason to save salary cap space.
Wednesday, he was reportedly visiting the New York Jets. That appears to have been enough of a prod to get a deal agreed to with the Seahawks.
The 27-year-old wide receiver signed a five-year, $41 million contract with the Seahawks in 2011. He played just nine games that season because of a shoulder injury, sore knee and multiple concussions.
Rice was effective in 2012 when he caught 50 passes for 748 yards and seven touchdowns, despite the Seahawks’ run-first style of offense.
After being injured last season, Rice was still often around the team during its run to the Super Bowl. Rice was released Feb. 28 to allow the Seahawks to save a significant amount of salary cap space. Rice was due to make $8.5 million in base salary in 2014.
His return could also alter how the Seahawks approach the NFL draft May 8. Draft experts suggested Seattle would be interested in a “big body” receiver to go along with Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. That’s a spot that can now be occupied by the 6-foot-4 Rice, if he is healthy enough to make it through camp.
The Seahawks lost last year’s wide receiver, Golden Tate, during free agency when Tate signed with the Detroit Lions.