Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider tossed out a few news nuggets during his annual pre-draft chat with local reporters. Schneider said he expects veteran receiver Sidney Rice to be ready for training camp. Just two months ago the Hawks released Rice, allowing him to test free-agency. Two weeks ago Seattle re-signed Rice to a one year contract at far less than he was going to earn in 2014.
On October 28, 2013 Rice tore his ACL in a game against the St. Louis Rams. He worked to rehab the knee while watching his teammates win the Lombardi trophy. Doctors have given the 27-year-old Rice clearance to begin running and cutting.
Experience and a 6′-4″ frame are assets Rice adds to the Seahawks’ receiving group heading into the 2014 season. Golden Tate left for a greener pastures in Detroit, and Doug Baldwin is weighing his options.
Schneider told reporters he doesn’t know whether Baldwin will sign his second-round tender offer. The deadline for Baldwin to get offers from other teams is this Friday.
Looking at the offensive line, Schneider said Michael Bowie “would be first up” at replacing right tackle Breno Giacomini, who is now with the Jets. The Seahawks have not made a decision yet on picking up the fifth year contract option for left guard James Carpenter.
Having lost two corners, Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond to other teams, Seattle is anxious to get a look at a player it drafted last April. Tharold Simon spent the entire 2013 season getting over a foot injury. Schneider expects him to be ready for camp as well.
Sticking to what Schneider said a month ago, the team expects Terrelle Pryor to come in as a quarterback, and the Hawks might be willing to have three QBs on the active roster next season, with the spot open for competition.
As for the upcoming draft, John Schneider said there are “pockets along the way”, and “clumps of players at certain positions.” Rookie free agency, says Schneider, has and will continue to be extremely important to the Seahawks.
-Bill Swartz, 1090thefan-
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