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July 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Rice an overlooked signing?

Given that it’s early July and little really going on in the NFL, there wasn’t much out there today about the Seahawks.

But there was this — a story in USA Today on the most overlooked signings in the NFL this off-season that leads with Seattle’s re-signing of Sidney Rice.

As the story notes, this is about as low-risk as a signing can get for a player who could pay off pretty big. If you recall, Seattle re-signed Rice on a one-year contract that could pay him as much as $1.4 million but has a $1 million base that is split in case of injury (details here).

At that figure, Rice just needs to be healthy to make it pay off, with the team hoping he can again be a big receiving threat to complement some of the smaller, speed guys on the roster.

And so far, so good on the health as the reports from the organization during the spring on Rice’s rehab from an ACL injury last October were all positive.

Still, it remains unclear if Rice will be ready for the start of camp July 25, a date that is rapidly approaching. And the battle for receiving jobs figures to be as intense and intriguing as any on the roster. If Rice isn’t healthy at the start of the year, one possible way to mitigate the longjam a little bit is for him to go on the PUP list, and then be available later in the season.

Indications at the end of spring, though, were that the team figured Rice would be ready for the start of the season.

If so, this could be a pretty prescient rating.

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