Found October 28, 2013 on Cascadia Sports:
    When the Seattle Seahawks signed Sidney Rice for the 2011 season, the team was much different. They weren’t a force in the NFC, Russell Wilson was still at Wisconsin, and the Legion of Boom was not known as the best secondary in the league. Rice underwent hip surgery in 2010 and did not see his contract renewed by the Minnesota Vikings placing him into the nebula of NFL free agency. After the lockout ceased, Rice signed with the Seahawks for a staggering five-year, $41 million contract with $18 million guaranteed. And this was at a time when the biggest question facing the Seahawks was who would throw him the ball. Matt Hasselbeck was dealt to Tennessee and the Seahawks were stuck between Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst. Yuck. And then there was Matt Flynn in case your stomach was not churning already. Well now that Wilson is under center and the Seahawks are flying high, how does Rice measure up to his price tag?   To put it bluntly, he does not deserve that kind of money. Sure he has had some clutch moments that Hawks fans will cherish, such as the touchdown that lifted the team over the visiting New England Patriots last year, but when you look at his production over his duration with the Seahawks, he leaves much to be desired.   In his inaugural season with Seattle, Rice played nine games before being put on injured reserve and had 484 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he followed up that effort with a full season but still fell well shy of 1,000 yards receiving. With 748 yards receiving and seven touchdowns to boot, Rice did help put points on the board but was not the kind of impact receiver the front office had emptied the bank for. Only two out of his 50 receptions last year amassed over 40 yards. Now, in his third year with Seattle after seven games, Rice has 3 touchdowns but only a palpable 231 yards receiving.   When you are being billed as the number one wide receiver for a given team, the expectation must be met. Rice’s breakout year in 2009 in which he earned a pro bowl selection, competed in the NFC Championship game, tallied 1,312 yards in the air, and eight touchdowns seems like a distant memory. When Percy Harvin, another wide receiver who was once clad in purple, steps onto the field for Seattle, Rice ought to make sure that his money was well spent and that his role on the team improves because that could quickly change.   Yes, Wilson has been distributing the ball greatly this year, getting Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and even the two tight ends Zach Miller and Luke Willson key grabs, so one can make the case that Rice is not as effective because of this dispersal. However for that kind of money, is that excuse even worth it?   Follow Jeremy on twitter @jermg11 Jeremy is the co-founder of  Football and Futbol , Bay Sports Report , Cascadia Sports , Sports Report So Cal and Sports Report Arizona
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