Yesterday Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice shocked the world by announcing his retirement from the NFL at the age of 27. Rice was recovering from surgery after tearing his ACL in October of 2013, but the main reason sounds like he was feeling the affects of multiple concussions and decided to hang up his cleats rather than risk further injury.
It’s a sad thing that such a promising career is ending so quickly. Rice’s time in the NFL was plagued by injuries and he never reached his full potential. Maybe the Seahawks front office will offer him some sort of coaching role, considering he has the most experience with Darrell Bevell’s playbook.
So what does this mean for the Seahawks? Next man up.
Rice not only had the most experience in the wide receiver corps but he was also one of the tallest. That means that the bigger Seahawks receivers’ chances of making the roster just got that much better. I expect that Percy Harvin, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin are all locks to start at receiver, but the rest of the spots are up for grabs.
Excluding those guys, here are five candidates to replace Rice.
1. Chris Matthews
After hearing almost nothing about Matthews this offseason I was beginning to worry that he wouldn’t make the cut. Now with Rice gone Matthews is by far the tallest wideout that Seattle can put on the field. Here’s what you need to know:
Weight: 218 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.57 seconds
As you can see Matthews has a huge catch radius and is great at jump balls which is something Seattle sorely needs.