Dec 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) signs a jersey prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Breaking News: Sidney Rice to be Released

The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly releasing wide receiver Sidney Rice. This has been rumored as a possibility ever since Rice was lost with a season-ending ACL injury.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN:

Again, this is hardly a shock. This was a business decision. Rice was due to make $9.7 million in 2014 and releasing him will save $7.3 million in cap space. If the Seahawks are serious about re-signing Golden Tate to an extension, they will need that money.

This is the reality of life in the NFL, and why it is the most brutal league when it comes to player contracts. Whenever a player signs an “extension,” it is important to note one number. Namely, the guaranteed money.

Rice can still play, and at 27 he will most likely get a job in the NFL. However, he has had an injury-plagued career and he will need to accept a more affordable contract if he wants to keep playing. His physical tools are going to be attractive to someone.

The release of Rice will put some pressure on the Seahawks to get the Tate deal done. How those negotiations go will set a tone for how the Seahawks will do business with their young stars in the future.

Thanks for the contribution, Mr. Rice. Hopefully you will land on your feet and hopefully you can stay healthy in the future. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

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