If you’ve read this space much the last few weeks, you know that we have not ruled out the possibility that the Seahawks would bring back Sidney Rice.
For one, coach Pete Carroll said as much when asked a week ago if there would be a chance of that happening.
For another, a league source has said it could happen, that the Seahawks had to release Rice and his $8.5 million salary to get Michael Bennett re-signed and do a few other things. But Seattle has some needs at receiver — especially now with the loss of Golden Tate, which the team knew all along might happen — and has a history of bringing back players it has released.
Tonight, NFL.com has added more substance to that with its own report that the Seahawks are looking into bringing Rice back.
Goes without saying it would be at a much cheaper salary, which Rice knows would be the case anywhere he would go coming off a season of knee problems, capped by an ACL tear suffered against the Rams Oct. 28 that sidelined him for the season.
Recall, though, that Carroll spoke pretty enthusiastically about Rice’s recovery after the season, saying:
“Sidney has had an unbelievable recovery from his surgery. He, within weeks, was back up with almost total inflection extension. It’s just almost unheard of type of recovery. It’s so far ahead of schedule. So that’s great for Sid. We’ll see how that turns out. But right off the bat, we’ve never seen anybody like that. So we’re all thrilled about it.”
So yeah, this is something that has seemed like could happen all along, with even more urgency now that the team knows it has lost Tate.
Re-signing Rice would mean that other than Tate, the entire receiving corps could be back. Seattle could still address the loss of Tate through free agency and the draft, which is regarded as especially deep at receiver this year.