In their search for a big receiver to complement their 2014 offense, the Seattle Seahawks turned Wednesday to a familiar face – Sidney Rice.
League sources confirmed that Rice agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Seahawks roughly six weeks after having been released by the team. Rice posted on his Twitter account that he would soon be rejoining the Seahawks.
The 6-foot-4 Rice’s re-signing means that the Seahawks will return all of their 2013 receivers except for Golden Tate, who signed with the Detroit Lions.
Financial terms of Rice’s deal with the Seahawks were not immediately disclosed, but it is expected to be for much less than the $9.7 million he had been scheduled to earn in 2014. Seattle released Rice in late February in a move that saved the team $7.3 million off its 2014 salary cap.
Also an issue at that time was Rice’s health. He tore an ACL in a game at St. Louis on Oct. 28, missing the rest of the season. Rice caught 15 passes in eight games before the injury. Rice, though, tweeted earlier in the week that he had been cleared to make cuts in workouts, a significant step on his road to recovery.
Several teams had reportedly expressed interest in signing Rice, and a source confirmed that he held a meeting with the Jets this week.
But sources had also said that the Seahawks had been interested in re-signing Rice since the moment he was released, pending his health and willingness to agree on a less-expensive contract.