Sidney Rice is back.
The Seahawks re-signed their injury-plagued receiver, whom they cut Feb. 28 to save his $7.3 million expense against the NFL salary cap. After taking a visit with the New York Jets Wednesday as a free agent, Rice announced his return in a tweet.
Rice had an acquaintance in the Jets front office. John Idzik was Seahawks VP of football operations before becoming Jets GM 16 months ago. But neither the connection nor the offer was enough to keep Rice from returning to the Super Bowl champions, as coach Pete Carroll hoped.
The 6-foot-4 Rice, 27, had 15 catches and three touchdowns last season before he tore his ACL in a midseason game in St. Louis. By signing for an unknown but team-friendly number, Rice allows the Seahawks to use higher draft picks at positions other than wide receiver, where the Seahawks took a big hit in free agency with the loss of Golden Tate to Detroit.
In 2012, Rice had 50 catches for 748 yards and seven touchdowns.
Quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted his pleasure at the news:
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 17, 2014