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Draft Scout *Sidney Rice News
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.
09/03/13 - WR Sidney Rice (knee) is expected to practice on Wednesday.
08/02/13 - WR Sidney Rice returned to the team on Thursday after having nonsurgical treatment on his knee in Switzerland this week, multiple media outlets reported Friday.
Rice will be evaluated by the Seahawks medical staff, and, at that point, it will be determined when he can return to practice.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said earlier in the week he expected Rice to be ready for the Seahawks' preseason opener Aug. 8 against the San Diego Chargers.
Rice was bothered by knee problems late last season, when he had 50 catches for 748 yards and seven touchdowns.