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.





104 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

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. 

Bent
Bent moderator

Carton makes it sound as if this is imminent, but I'd imagine this would be a post-draft consideration.  That's not based on any intel though.

juunit
juunit

Also, there are apparently some rumblings about Dennard not being the highly touted corner everyone is making him out to be. He's still a first rounder for sure, but it looks like he might not be the first corner taken. Interesting stuff, both Evans and Dennard are not unanimously ranked where everyone seems to have them. Should make some of you guys who like those two happy.

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 like them both considerably. GIMME GIMME GIMME SOME. 

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..  :) 

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @juunit 

Figured you'd be double-boned on that one. But I see you are in fact triple-boned with a side of chili cheese fries. 

juunit
juunit

@WW85 @juunit  

"Dennard has it in a bad way heading into the final month of draft season. There are concerns about his ability to play off-man coverage, and some teams rate Kyle Fuller and/or Bradley Roby ahead of Dennard. Dennard should still be a first-round pick, but the projections of him in the top 16 seem to be too rich. He's more likely to go in the 20s or later in the first round."

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.

juunit
juunit

@Bent @juunit@Brendan 

It really is a good year for the top DTs. A bunch of these guys are flat out dominant. I just can't even imagine the fan backlash if they really take a DT in the 1st again. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent New plan on my 6-1 defense: Move Sheldon to LB and have the DOOZ play on the line. I'm actually embarrassed I didn't think of this originally. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit @Bent @Brendan  Well, with Rex/Dunbar's coaching, chances are he'll be elite within three years, so I don't know that this is the end of the world other than possibly reducing the amount of #DOOZ we get.

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit @Brendan  They experimented with a five man line in pass rushing situations in preseason last year.  Never tried it during the regular season.

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @juunit 

Ha, we're screwing around with all this. But I can't honestly say I'd be stunned if we did something like that and went 5-2 most of the time. This IS a very good draft for DTs. Rex is probably jizzing in his pants. 

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit New plan: Draft Donald and start a 6-man front with Richardson - Donald - Harrison - Ellis - Wilkerson - Coples and play 1 extremely fast LB and 4 DB's. 

juunit
juunit

@a57se @juunit 

Mo does have experience at ILB. Although honestly you probably could put Donald on the edge. 

Brendan
Brendan

@boomer Well thank you, I'm simply not a person who prides himself of draft predictions. I like the whole process of sifting through everything, but I don't care if I'm right or not. 

boomer
boomer

@Brendan @boomer  Nah, you're one of the best commenters here.  I think you'll survive with your pride intact. 

Brendan
Brendan

@boomer It would be a bad thing for my pride and irrational fan demands. 


Unlike others, though, I'll just make a funny, self-deprecating joke and move on with my life instead of whining about it. 

boomer
boomer

@Brendan @juunit  You say that like its a bad thing. I would love to see Ebron drop into our lap.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit Watch them both be there at 18 and the team pick Ebron or something. It'll happen because it's me. 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Brendan @Tequila Joe  Dude, I just want our pick to be a safe one. There seems to be more risk with him than with others. Like I said, he's a fine player...by the way Brendan, two weeks and I'm still here. HA!

Brendan
Brendan

@Tequila Joe And still plays at a high level. Either he has a high pain tolerance, or you're over-blowing things. 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Brendan @Tequila Joe  I really thought he missed more time. Still, he gets hurt a lot. You can't argue with that because it's a fact...

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Brendan @Tequila Joe   In 2013, started all 14 games.  In 2012, played most of season with sports hernia injury that required two off-season surgeries (sat out subsequent spring while recovering). Also missed time in 2012 spring due to shoulder injury.   In 2011, missed three games and saw brief action against Iowa because of concussion and left ankle injury. In 2010, sustained season-ending knee injury and missed five games. Fine he played more than I though but let's be real this guy gets banged up a lot. Can he really sustain a 16 game schedule. Or better yet a potential 24 game schedule (including preseason, regular and post)? He's a good player but his durability issues scare me...

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Bent  "Seattle's DB's grab and pull and do whatever they want and dare officials to make a call on it, they definitely get those no-calls because of who they are, imo. "


Correct.


And ALL rookies struggle in off-coverage so I don't know that this is a major concern or just someone trying to come up with a flaw.  The difference is that NFL QBs usually get the ball out ON TIME.

Brendan
Brendan

@Tequila Joe He played 24 games total in '11 and '12 (11 in '11 and 13 in '12). 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@a57se @Tequila Joe @Bent @Brendan  It's funny. The names, Dennard, Ebron, Beckham, cooks and couple of others have been floating around for a while. For all we know they draft sheldon Richardson again. Whoever it's going to be the anticipation is awesome!

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Dennard does get grabby, but I think if he's on a defense that's respected he can live off of that. Like Seattle's DB's grab and pull and do whatever they want and dare officials to make a call on it, they definitely get those no-calls because of who they are, imo. 


Obviously I like Dennard for more than just press ability, I just happen to think he's fundamentally a good player whose foundation is good enough that he can learn the proper techniques of different styles. He's not raw like Gilbert, for example. 


To be honest, ever since Juunit brought up Fuller as a 1st rounder and I stopped caring about "projected rounds" he's been my favorite CB in terms of style of play. I also really liked Verrett in tape I saw of him and considering his shoulder was hanging on by skin and bubblegum it's impressive how he played. If he's there in the 2nd I'd be thrilled if the Jets grabbed him. 


I just take "he's not as good in off man coverage" as a much smaller concern than "raw" or something along those lines. 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Bent @Brendan  Dennard is an injury waiting to happen. I don't believe he played a full season once at MS. They should leave that headache to someone else. If Gilbert falls take him otherwise the best available player...

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Bent  


No, not all the time.  They usually like to mix up coverages so they can set traps.  You can't do that as effectively if you're pressing IMO.


I'd agree that this is a staple and something Rex would turn to in a big third down situation, but if they got a corner who could ONLY cover in press coverage (which is a concern if that's Dennard's strength, because Marcus says he can be "grabby"), then that could still lead to him being exploited when playing off his man.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent You think so? Isn't Rex's ideal defense two press-heavy corners making life miserable at the LOS while his defensive front dominates? I realize you can't do that every play, but that's the focus, isn't it? 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @juunit  Oh, I think he still would be.  Nobody presses all the time, you just have to be capable of doing so effectively to optimize your usefulness with Rex.

juunit
juunit

@Wilkershakes @juunit@WW85 

That'd be nice. But I see no way Fuller makes it to the 2nd. He's borderline the #1 CB in the whole draft. Possible he doesn't even make 18, especially if this is true about Dennard. 

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit Well, good thing he wouldn't be playing much off-man coverage in Rex's defense. 

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

@juunit @Wilkershakes @WW85  Fuller is very intriguing and I like him after Dennard.  Good start to the draft is Beckham in the first and Fuller in the second.  

juunit
juunit

@Wilkershakes @juunit@WW85 

Maybe, maybe not. I don't buy anyone liking Roby over Dennard after the s*** show that was his 2013. But I've said all along that Fuller could be the #1 over Dennard. His being injured makes that a little doubtful, but it's definitely still possible.