Seahawks releasing Sidney Rice

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Rice missed the majority of 2013 due to a torn ACL, playing in just 8 of Seattle’s 19 games. (Drew Sellers/Sportspress Northwest)

The NFL champion Seattle Seahawks have decided to part ways with wide receiver Sidney Rice.

Rice suffered a torn ACL on October 28, missing the final eight regular-season games of the year, and was unable to be a part of Seattle’s championship run.

Seattle signed Rice to a five-year, $41 million deal in the summer of 2011. Over the next couple seasons, Rice will be due $17.5 million is base salary.

Rice’s breakout year came in 2009, when he recorded 1,312 yards and 8 touchdowns as a member of the Vikings. His career in Seattle has been greatly held back by injuries; he only played 9 games in 2011 due to concussions, and played just 8 games in 2013. In 2012, Rice’s only full season as a Seahawk, his stats were half of what they were in 2009.

The Seahawks are still clinging to receivers Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin and Jermaine Kearse. If Rice can stay healthy and produce like he did in Minnesota, he’d be a steal for any team searching for a receiver.

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