Sidney Rice cleared for football activities, Seahawks reportedly interested

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Former Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has been cleared for football activities by knee surgeon Dr. James Andrews, about six months after he tore his ACL (October 28th). Carroll had mentioned just after the season ended that Rice's rehab from the injury was going extraordinarily quickly and positively, and this news confirms that comment.

With over four months before the season starts, it's possible that Rice could be ready to play in Week 1, which certainly elevates his stock among potential suitors. Right now, ProFootballTalk is reporting that the Seahawks, Saints, Giants, and Panthers all have 'some degree' of interest in the 27-year old receiver, but I'm guessing all parties will be cautious with regards to Rice's injury history.

Rice has one full season in the past four - he played six games in 2010, nine in 2011, a full sixteen in 2012, and eight last year. He spent time during training camp last year in Switzerland getting work done on his knee (prior to tearing his ACL, obviously).

However, he does have value, because when healthy, he's a nice possession receiver that can be dangerous in the redzone with to his excellent hands and gigantic catch radius. He's also a superb blocking WR, which the Seahawks surely like, so that's another consideration.

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