The NFL is a very cruel business.
Football has long been a sport with a surplus of injuries, but every year we see careers changed thanks to one major hit and it’s always hard to watch. In 2013, Sidney Rice suffered a torn ACL and because of it he has likely played his last snap as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Sure, Rice has been a decent wide receiver for Seattle since signing with the team in 2011, but the number just aren’t in Rice’s favor if you ask me.
In fact, Rice will count $9.7 million against the salary cap in 2014 if he’s on the Seahawks’ roster to start the season. On the other hand, if Rice is released by the team in the next few months then his overall cap hit would drop to $2.4 million — talk about an easy way to save a boatload of money.
Not only is Rice a total question mark coming off such an unfortunate injury, the aging wide receiver will be 28 once the 2014 campaign kicks off. At this stage in his career, Rice is no longer worth nearly $10 million a season and Seattle would be downright foolish to keep him around. Now, the only way the Seahawks would even possibly keep this wide receiver in town is if Rice agreed to take a significant pay cut. However, that doesn’t sound like a real possibility considering teams are always one the look out for a veteran wide receiver, who can make a difference both on the field and in the locker room.