Sidney Rice is calling it a career after seven NFL seasons. The WR is citing concussion concerns as the reason why he’s hanging up his cleats, which is certainly a respectable reason to stop playing football. With the knowledge that’s out there these days about blows to the head, you can’t blame a guy for putting his mental health above all else.
So while Rice’s abrupt retirement is noteworthy, it’s not really a move that’s going to affect the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. Rice has had difficulty staying healthy since his breakout season in 2009, only managing to suit up for all 16 games once (2012). He’s a guy who basically became unreliable over the past few years, although he was talented enough to keep getting second (and third) chances.
For the Super Bowl champs it’s simply a matter of next man up. They’ve already won it all without Rice, so losing him before Training Camp should prove to be a small bump in the road.
You do have to wonder if Seattle will look to add another veteran receiver to the mix in the coming weeks. Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin and Jermaine Kearse figure to lock up the top three spots, while Kevin Norwood and Ricardo Lockette will fill out the rest of the WR depth chart.
The Seahawks don’t have to add another WR because of the way they run their offense, but given Harvin’s problems with injuries, it may not be a bad idea to reach out to another pass-catcher looking for work.