Wide receiver Sidney Rice agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal to return to the Seattle Seahawks.
Rice played eight games last season for the Seahawks before a torn anterior cruciate ligament in October ended his year. He finished with 15 catches for 231 yards.
Monday, Rice tweeted that he had been cleared for football activities. Wednesday, it was reported he was visiting the New York Jets. Shortly after, Rice announced his return to the Seahawks on Twitter, a move later confirmed by The News Tribune.
The 27-year-old wide receiver signed a five-year, $41 million contract with the Seahawks in 2011. He played nine games that season because of a shoulder injury, sore knee and multiple concussions.
Rice was effective in 2012, when he caught 50 passes for 748 yards and seven touchdowns, despite the Seahawks’ run-first style of offense.
After being injured last season, Rice was still often around the team during its Super Bowl run.
Rice was released Feb. 28 to allow the Seahawks to save a significant amount of salary cap space. He was due to make $8.5 million in base salary in 2014.
Rice’s return could alter how the Seahawks approach the NFL draft May 8. Draft experts suggested Seattle would be interested in a “big body” receiver to go along with Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse. That’s a spot that can now be occupied by the 6-foot-4 Rice, if he is healthy enough to make it through firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @Todd_Dybas