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Draft Scout *Sidney Rice News
07/23/14 - WR Sidney Rice announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday (July 23).
The 27-year-old Rice ends his career with 243 receptions for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns in 81 games played with 57 starts.
"After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League," Rice said in a statement. "I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans. I take great pride in knowing I was one of the players signed to help build the foundation of the team that ultimately won the Super Bowl."
Rice was originally drafted in the second round (44th overall) in the 2007 draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played four seasons in Minnesota with 26 starts in 48 games played. He totaled 146 receptions for 2,129 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Vikings and was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season, when he recorded career-highs in receptions (83), yards (1,312) and touchdowns (8).
Rice signed with the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent on July 29, 2011 and started 31 of 33 games played. Rice started all 16 games for the first time in his career totaling 50 receptions for 748 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
Rice's 2013 season was cut short after eight games when he suffered a knee injury at St. Louis on Oct. 28. He recorded 15 receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns during Seattle's Super Bowl-winning season.
Rice recently invested in Wingstop and opened the first of five franchises in the Seattle area in June.
"The entire organization would like to thank Sidney for his leadership over the past three seasons," general manager John Schneider said in a statement. "His time as a Seahawks player displayed the core values that Pete and I aimed to bring to the program and Sidney is a true champion. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavo
04/30/14 - WR Sidney Rice was signed to a one-year contract by the Seahawks April 18.
02/28/14 - WR Sidney Rice and DE Red Bryant were released by the Seahawks in the first two significant moves of what promises to be a difficult offseason for the Super Bowl champions.
While Rice was expected to be released after finishing his third season in Seattle on injured reserve due to a knee injury, the team had hoped to renegotiate Bryant's contract to lower his salary cap figure from around $8 million in 2014.
Bryant, a fourth-round pick in 2008, was moved from tackle to end by coach Pete Carroll's staff in 2010 and became an integral part of the run defense. He has played in 64 games with the Seahawks, including 55 starts, recording 121 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and seven passes defensed.
Signed as a free agent in 2011, Rice finished his first and last seasons in Seattle on injured reserve. In between, he started all 16 games in 2012 for the first time in his career. He caught 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns before suffering a torn ACL at St. Louis on Monday Night Football on Oct. 28, 2013.
"We want to thank both Red and Sidney for their effort, commitment and contribution to the Seattle Seahawks over the last few years," said executive vice president/general manager John Schneider. "These are extremely tough decisions, but we wanted to give them a head start on free agency. We wish them well in the future."
Bryant and Rice were the first two moves as the Seahawks seek to clear cap room, and tight end Zach Miller could be next on the renegotiation-or-cut list. Seattle has several key free agents it wants to re-sign, including wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive end Michael Bennett.
10/28/13 - WR Sidney Rice will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
Rice was injured in the second quarter of Seattle's 14-9 win over the St. Louis Rams on Monday night. On a first-and-goal play from the St. Louis 9-yard line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tried to hit Rice in the end zone. After the play, Rice was slow to get up. He was taken to the locker room and at the time of the injury, Seattle said he was doubtful to return.
Through the first eight weeks of the season, Rice has been the Seahawks' third-leading receiver with 231 yards.
The Seahawks are expecting to get wide receiver Percy Harvin back this week. Harvin has not played this season after undergoing hip surgery, but returned to practice last week.
09/05/13 - WR Sidney Rice (knee) was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, and is expected to play against the Panthers this weekend.