The NFL transactions today did not list Seattle as having signed Sidney Rice.
But evidence that he may have already inked his deal came a little while ago when Rice Tweeted that he was back at the VMAC:
Walked into VMAC to see my locker untouched.. Oh what a feelin! #homesweethome
— Sidney Rice (@sidneyrice) April 17, 2014
Seahawks.com also talked with GM John Schneider who confirmed what had been thought all along — that the Seahawks were hoping to bring Rice back after he was released on Feb. 28, a move that saved the team $7.3 million in cap space for the 2014 season.
“We were hoping we’d be able to get him back at a certain point,” Schneider said of Rice, who fulfilled three years of his original five-year deal worth as much as $41 million before being released. “When you sign big contracts like that, there’s always risk at some point down the line. We just got to the point where, at the time, we weren’t able to carry that. We had a good conversation when Sidney left. He knew we wanted him back.”
Rice agreed to terms on Wednesday after visiting with the Jets, which came a few days after he had been cleared to begin cutting. It had been thought all along that the Seahawks were waiting to see both Rice’s health, and if he was getting other offers, before closing a deal with him. That all appeared to happen quickly in the last few days and Rice is now back with the Seahawks on a one-year deal. Financial details of that deal have not yet been released.
CHARGERS ANNOUNCE AUG. 15 DATE FOR PRE-SEASON GAME AGAINST SEAHAWKS:While the Seahawks have announced the date for just one of its pre-season games — Aug. 28 at Oakland — the Chargers today revealed the date of their game at CenturyLink Field. That game will be Friday, Aug. 15.
Seattle’s other preseason games are at Denver, somewhere from Aug. 7-10, and at home against the Bears Aug. 21-24. Each of those dates will come later.