After visiting with Jets, Rice re-signs with Seahawks

UPDATE 8:03pm ET: Sidney Rice will return to the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal (Schefter, April 16).


On this morning’s Boomer and Carton show, Craig Carton revealed that a “very reliable person” has informed him that the Jets intend to bring in wide receiver Sidney Rice for a sit-down and that they are likely to sign him if everything works out.

Watch this clip to hear their discussion of the potential move and how it would impact upon the Jets’ offseason so far.

The 27-year old Rice tore his ACL last October and was released by the Seahawks in February. The former second round draft pick was a pro bowler in 2009 and caught 50 passes in his last full season (2012).

We wrote about reports of the Jets being interested in Rice last month. Since then, the Jets have added free agent Jacoby Ford to their receiving corps.

UPDATE 6:40pm ET:

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

One of the stats that will be thrown around in relation to Rice is the fact that he had the most targets and catches without a drop last season. However, despite this, he still had a disappointing catch rate of below 50%. I’m not sure that’s a big deal, anyway. The tight end with the most targets and catches and no drops was Kellen Winslow and nobody’s lining up to sign him right now.

Rice never really lived up to the five year, $41m deal he signed with the Seahawks a couple of seasons ago. However, if he can get healthy, he’s a potential upgrade over some of the players the Jets used at wide receiver over the past couple of seasons. The Jets have already upgraded the depth of their receiving corps though and figure to add at least one more receiver in the draft, so I don’t know if Rice would be a lock to make the team if he signed here.

Rice ran a 4.51 forty yard dash at the 2007 combine, but seven years and a serious knee injury later it’s highly unlikely he still possesses the athleticism he entered the league with. Nevertheless, he’s still capable of being productive as he showed against Jacksonville last September when he had five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.




116 comments
marcus81
marcus81

would rather bring back a healthy Braylon, not losing any sleep over not signing Rice

Mark Yagos
Mark Yagos

Well looks like he re-signed with Seattle so I think we're still going WR in either the 1st or 2nd round.

Bent
Bent moderator

The original post has been updated to reflect this, but in case you missed it, Rice re-signed with Seattle, so will not be joining the Jets.

moneymitch
moneymitch

why not miles austin too.he definitely can play along side eric decker.its time we give our QB some quality receivers to throw to

frankwhite
frankwhite

Schefter just reported that Rice is actually in NJ now meeting with the Jets.

marcus81
marcus81

Rice would be good depending on how much he would get paid, which shouldn't be that much, most of his money should be based on incentives

a57se
a57se

I don't see any reason to cut Goodson right now which means he'll probably be axed before I hit "Post comment".....

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

" Just when I'm over one player they bring in another. Im going to lose it by Draft day. But thank God we signed CJ I was waiting to hear CJ signs with Falcons. Rice idk but hey If we can get him dirt cheap sign him


Lord Harry Latts
Lord Harry Latts

Shall we call him and Ivory "The Braid Raid"....or the "Dread Locks" ?

Lord Harry Latts
Lord Harry Latts

Boom !!!! What a difference from last year's slow and untalented offense !!!!

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

Izzy is like a bathtub drain catch.  Players like CJ and Rice try to get on with 31 other teams before they end up at the Jets facilities.  Then Izzy can't even get the deal done.  If our roster wasn't in such disarray, then players like these wouldn't even be considered upgrades.  Get rid of this disaster before the draft.

Monty
Monty

  ....idzik saw major league while  in college and said thats how you make a winner ..sign the players no one else wants it'll be cheaper..


At this point I suspect well have some interest in Pedro Cerrano and Willie Mays Hayes

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuWQfMGjZF4

BRO RALPH
BRO RALPH

John Idzik, The Most Interested Man In the World


I don't sign players, but when I do, it's dirt cheap


Stay patient my friends

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

I heard Rice has good feelings about a potential visit. 

juunit
juunit

@Brendan  

Hopefully it's one of those two year deals that's effectively a one year deal. 

__fense
__fense

@Brendan  Damn, his agents leaked the deal. Idzik would have just waited an hour for it to show up on the transactions list.


Brendan
Brendan

#2 WR (D-Jax release came after, mind you), #1 QB, #1 RB. Get off his jock, haters. 

Eileen Yiu
Eileen Yiu

@Ceifus Hornswoggle  so you don't want the Jets to go after players that the other teams don't want but when they don't sign that's not good either? i'm confused...

WW85
WW85

@Monty  Didn't Mays-Hayes become a good player?

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit I think it's a 1 year deal with a "if they cut you in 2015 they have $1m or less in dead money" deal. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@WW85 @Monty  They all did.  Won the pennant, didn't they?


(Great movie).

Monty
Monty

@WW85 @Monty  he did he did..  :) 

Brendan
Brendan

@__fense I know, I don't really care where it came from tbh. 


If it is a league source, Schefter probably found out because the Jets filed it to the league office. 

__fense
__fense

@Brendan @__fense  "League Sources" points to the agent. If it was Idzik it would be a team source.

WW85
WW85

@Bent @WW85 @Monty  One of the greatest GM performances of all time--even though the purpose was to lose.

Zartan
Zartan

You need wild rice.