Receiver Sidney Rice, above, who earlier this week Tweeted that he had been cleared to begin cutting again in his rehab from an ACL injury suffered last Oct. 28, is visiting the New York Jets today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Former Seahawks WR Sidney Rice is in New Jersey today, visiting with the Jets. Busy day for Jets…
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2014
Sources have also said that Seattle has remained interested in re-signing Rice at a reduced salary after it cut him in late February — releasing Rice saved the Seahawks roughly $7.3 million against the cap in 2014.
But with Rice now appearing on the road to recovery, other teams are also showing some interest, and it’s unclear how much of a bidding war the Seahawks would be willing to wager to re-sign Rice — Seattle has obviously been about as conservative as can be so far in free agency while saving up money to re-sign the likes of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson over the next year.
The Jets have been avidly pursuing receivers throughout free agency, and they won’t have to do much research on Rice, with former Seahawk VP of Football Administration John Idzik now serving as the general manager of the Jets.
That relationship had one Jets beat writer Tweeting today that a deal with Rice would be quickly in the offing:
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 16, 2014
Rice turns 28 on Sept. 1. He caught 97 passes for 1,463 yards in three seasons in Seattle in which he played just 33 of a possible 48 regular-season games.