RENTON, Wash. – Wide receiver Sidney Rice should be fully recovered from a torn knee ligament by the time the Seattle Seahawks start defense of their Super Bowl title, general manager John Schneider said Wednesday.
After spending the past three seasons with the Seahawks, Rice was released by Seattle following the Super Bowl in a salary-related move.
But Rice and the Seahawks remained in contact and he was brought back on a $1 million, one-year deal earlier this month. He received medical clearance to participate in football-related activities in the middle of April.
Rice appeared in eight games for Seattle last season before being placed on injured reserve after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in October against St. Louis. If he can return to health and productivity, Rice could quell one of Seattle’s questions about depth at wide receiver heading into next season.
“When we released him it was hard, but we explained the landscape to Sidney and his representative and we stayed in contact with him all the way through it,” Schneider said.
Schneider touched on a number of topics during his pre-draft availability.
Schneider said that Terrelle Pryor was acquired from Oakland with the idea that he’d compete as a quarterback. Seattle sent a seventh-round pick to the Raiders in exchange for Pryor. There was a thought he could be a dual-threat player for Seattle, but Schneider said Pryor is learning the quarterback position.
“Right now he’s learning the quarterback position and (another position) isn’t even an option,” Schneider said.
Schneider did not know if wide receiver Doug Baldwin would sign his second-round tender as a restricted free agent. Friday is the deadline for restricted free agents to field offers from other teams. He added the team has not made a decision on whether to pick up the fifth-year option on former first-round pick James Carpenter.