Concussions Retire Seahawks WR Sidney Rice

At 27 years of age, Sidney Rice has decided to step away from the game with his health in tact. Last year with the Seattle Seahawks, the big receiver was sidelined with a knee injury. The team had cut tie with him this offseason to shave off some cap space, and brought Rice back on a cheaper deal. Although concussions have been a hot topic for the NFL in recent years, players are getting damaged left and right and here is another casualty of the game: RB Javhid Best, WR Sean Morey, TE Ben Utecht, and CB Randall Gay to name a few that retired the past few years.

True, his best days were catching passes from Brett Favre on the Minnesota Vikings, he posted over 1,300 yards in 2009. Slated to play in the receiver rotation this season with his health and the departure of Golden Tate, who went to the Detroit Lions, head coach Pete Carroll heads into training camp with Doug Baldwin and Percey Harvin as the starters. Jermaine Kearse enters his 3rd season, he came through as a deep threat in the absence of Harvin and Rice, notching four touchdowns. He will have a bigger role, mixing playing time with Harvin in the slot and on the outside.

Seattle remains a run-first team with Harvin as the primary passing option, who also his his issues with concussions and migraines. In terms of famtasy football, Baldwin and Kearse shouldn’t be an option for Fantasy Football rosters unless they shine during the season and play themselves into a “pick up for the week.” While QB Russell Wilson has become dependable, he’s more of a weekly filler/backup QB in Fantasy Football. The only offensive players to consider here, Marshawn Lynch as a borderline RB1 (age, usage concerns) and Percy Harvin (injury concerns) as a borderline WR2.