Free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice has officially been cleared to play after having surgery to repair a torn ACL. The immediate word is that at least four teams—the Seahawks, Giants, Saints, and Panthers—are interested in picking him up.
But should they?
As a 27-year old Rice should still have a few good years left in before his skills start to decline, and standing 6’ 4” he is the exact kind of receiver that teams want. The only problem there is a good chance that whoever signs him will not see him on the field very often.
Injuries hampered him throughout his time in Minnesota as well as Seattle. In seven seasons he has only played in every game twice (’09 and ’12).
He could be healthy and ready to go finally, and as his ’09 season proves (1312 yards, 83 receptions) can be worth the money—or he could be ready to break down yet again as soon as the pads come on.
Is it worth paying what he’ll command to find out?