The Seattle Seahawks should release Sidney Rice

Sayonara, Sidney

Somewhere in the neighbourhood of three years and 20 million dollars later, the Seattle Seahawks might be having buyers remorse on Sidney Rice. Now, nothing in this world is a certainty until it happens, and this especially true in the NFL.

BUT, that said, nearly all signs point to the Seahawks cutting ties with oft-injured receiver; who is now known in some circles, due to his lingering knee issues, as “Sidknee” Rice.

Surely this isn’t how either camp saw things playing out when they agreed to a 5yr/$41M contract in 2011. Then again, a lot can happen in three years. And in Rice’s case, not a whole lot of it has been good.

The former Minnesota Vikings standout, who’s production more than tripled in Brett Favre’s renaissance year, could never replicate that success in Seattle. Most of this can be attributed to lingering injuries of all shapes, sizes, spots and severity that managed to keep him off the field for the better part of his first and (potentially) last season with Seattle.

Sidney Rice

Don’t get too used to Rice in a Seahawks jersey…

In three seasons with the Seahawks, Rice was only able to play in all 16 of the Seahawks games once, in what was a modestly productive campaign last year – good, but far from spectacular.

In his first year with the Seahawks, Rice struggled with injuries and developing a rapport with Tarvaris Jackson, playing in only six games; this last season was spent mostly on the IR.

But will this be Sidney Rice‘s LAST season, if you catches my drift? Or will Pete Carroll’s disposition for height on the outside lend Rice even more time in the Pacific Northwest?

The Many Reasons to Let Rice go

Never mind the fact that Seattle lacks the ability to distribute the ball evenly among the four receivers who outperformed Rice this season. They lack the cap-space to justify a situation that would even allow it at this point.

Without even taking into account the money that could very well be heading into Michael Bennett, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin‘s pockets, Over The Cap has Seattle at little over half a million above the salary cap.

Assuming they cut ties with Sidney Rice, the Seahawks cap space would increase drastically, to the tune of $7.3M next season.

That number could actually increase another $1.2M if the Seahawks wait until June 1st to make it official.

The current rules of the CBA would then allow the dead money charge against Seattle’s cap to carry over another year, effectively splitting it in half.

The kind of money Seattle would be looking at saving, with just this move alone, could hypothetically be enough to lock up Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin – both are slated to hit free agency.

Reasons to Keep him?

No, not really.

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