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.
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.