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Monday, April 14, 2014
Rice still might return to the Seahawks

By Terry Blount

Wide receiver Sidney Rice tweeted Monday that he's been cleared to begin working out, which could increase his chances of signing a new deal soon. And it's still possible he could return to the Seattle Seahawks.

Rice tore an ACL on Oct. 28 last season in the game at St. Louis. He was released by the Seahawks on Feb. 28 for salary-cap reasons. Rice was scheduled to make $9.7 million and would have counted $7.3 million against the 2014 cap.

Rice, 27, has been under the care of renowned surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. Rice tweeted this Monday:

"Great visit w Dr. Andrews today. Cleared to begin cutting at 5months and 1week. Let's work! #PayAttention"

The Seahawks would consider re-signing Rice if the price is right, which likely will be near the league minimum now for a player with his experience.

The Seahawks coaches like Rice and believe he still can contribute as a veteran receiver who knows the offense. And at 6-foot-4, Rice can give the team the big receiver it lacks.

However, this year's draft is a good one for big receivers. A  couple that could fall to Seattle's pick at the end of the first round include Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State or Allen Robinson of Penn State.

The Seahawks also have shown interest in Cody Latimer of Indiana, who has shot up the draft boards recently after an impressive Pro Day workout.

Other teams are courting Rice. The New Orleans Saints have shown the most interest, but others reportedly looking at Rice include the Carolina Panthers and the New York Giants.

Rice caught 15 passes and scored three touchdowns before his injury last season. He caught 50 passes for 748 yard and seven touchdowns in 2012.