New York Jets: Sidney Rice

Source: Sidney Rice visits Jets

April, 16, 2014
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UPDATE: Sidney Rice agreed Wednesday night to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks.

Injury-plagued wide receiver Sidney Rice, cut by the Seattle Seahawks after the season, visited with the New York Jets on Wednesday, a league source confirmed.

The Jets already have signed two receivers, Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford, but they still want to build depth. Rice, 27, was once regarded as a rising star, but he has missed 15 of the past 48 games due to knee injuries and concussions. In fact, he tore an ACL last October, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. He reportedly was cleared only recently to return to football activities.

The 6-foot-4 Rice would be an inexpensive acquisition for the Jets, probably a one-year contract for close to the minimum salary. General manager John Idzik is a former Seahawks executive and was partly responsible for signing Rice to a five-year, $41 million contract in 2011. Rice parlayed his one big year (1,312 receiving yards for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010) into the big score.

Rice has 243 catches for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns.

WR Ford draws interest from Jets

March, 18, 2014
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With most of the big-name free agents no longer available, the New York Jets are shopping the secondary market, looking for value. They're showing interest in former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford.

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"Yes, there's some interest from the Jets," Ford told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I would say they're the team showing the most interest in me. Right now, we're still in the exploration phase, weighing things out."

Ford, 26, a former fourth-round pick, doesn't have enough reputation to calm an uneasy fan base, which is wondering why general manager John Idzik isn't spending more money. (As of Tuesday, the Jets had $25.4 million in cap space, according to ESPN data.) But Ford would address a need. Even though they signed Eric Decker, the Jets are still looking for another receiver.

Receivers coach Sanjay Lal, formerly of the Raiders, is familiar with Ford. He's a speedster out of Clemson, but he has only 57 career receptions for 848 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders phased him out last season, as he finished with only 13 catches for 99 yards.

In other developments:
  • The Jets are engaged in talks with free-agent right guard Willie Colon, who started 16 games for them last season. Colon, recovering from biceps surgery, wants to return. He's also drawing interest from other teams and could be signed somewhere in the coming days.
  • Free-agent cornerback Aaron Berry visited the Cleveland Browns, where former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is interested in signing him.
  • The Jets have expressed interest in former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice. He was a big free-agent score for the Seahawks in 2011, but he has been limited by injuries. He made only 15 receptions in eight games last season and was recently released.

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