Should the Oakland Raiders Pursue WR Sidney Rice?


Former Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has been cleared for football activities following his torn ACL surgery and rehabilitation. Experts are expecting him to be signed fairly quickly. Several teams have expressed interest in his services, but there has been none reported by Oakland Raiders. Should they pursue and sign him?

Rice has a history of injuries to include hip surgery, knee surgery and several concussions. He is a difference maker when he is on the field, but the key is to keep him healthy.

Given his injury history, he could be signed at a discounted price on a one year incentive based contract. Looking at his stats, we can see that it is a risk, but one that could pan out.


YEAR TEAM G Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2013 Seahawks 8 15 231 15.4 31T 3
2012 Seahawks 16 50 748 15 46T 7
2011 Seahawks 9 32 484 15.1 52T 2
2010 Vikings 6 17 280 16.5 46 2
2009 Vikings 16 83 1,312 15.8 63 8
2008 Vikings 13 15 141 9.4 23T 4
2007 Vikings 13 31 396 12.8 60T 4
81 243 3592 14.8 63 30


Rice could provide depth to the Raiders receiving corps. He is relatively young at age 27, and along with newly acquired WR James Jones, would bring some veteran presence to a very young group. His signing could also give the Raiders some flexibility in the draft.

On the flip side, Rice has only played a full season twice in his 7 year career. His injury history is very risky. If signed, his contract would have to carry a lot of incentives to offset the risk. Any team that signs him would likely do the same thing.

A team in the rebuilding stages such as the Raiders may have to take some risks to get back to the top, but they need to weigh them very carefully. This is one that they could afford to take to get more veteran presence in their lineup, but not a necessary one.

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  • kevin

    NO!! The Raiders had a mild interest in DJax, But as they stated , he would have been a luxury signing. The Raiders are looking to the draft, if Watkins falls to 5, he’s already a better prospect, Or Evans for that matter. Rice has no reason to be waiting on the Raiders to call, because they aren’t.