release Rice, Bryant for salary cap space
Send a link to a friend
[March 01, 2014]
(Reuters) - The Super Bowl champion
Seattle Seahawks made two "extremely tough decisions" when they released
wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant on Friday to
create additional salary cap space.
With free agency fast approaching on March 11, Seattle offloaded
Rice, who was due $8.5 million in base salary for 2014, and Bryant,
who was set to earn $4.5 million.
Rice, 27, has been plagued with assorted injuries since signing a
five-year contract with the team in 2011 while Bryant, 29, has
played limited snaps in his role as a run-stuffing defensive end.
"We want to thank both Red and Sidney for their effort, commitment
and contribution to the Seattle Seahawks over the last few years,"
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement.
"These are extremely tough decisions, but we wanted to give them a
head start on free agency. We wish them well in the future."
At last week's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Seahawks coach
Pete Carroll also spoke about "difficult decisions" that would have
to be made.
"Our whole thing is we'd like to keep this team together as best we
can," Carroll said. "There are some very difficult decisions every
year you face in the league with contracts and money and (salary)
cap and all that stuff.
[to top of second column]
"Every season is like that, so that brings very challenging
decisions for us because we love our team, we love our guys."
Rice, who caught 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns before
his 2013 season ended after eight games due to a knee injury, posted
two farewell notes to Seahawks fans on his Twitter account.
"The amount of love I have for the #12thman and the @Seahawks
organization! Thanks for a wonderful experience! #superbowlchampions
#workethic #values #class," Rice tweeted.
"The number #12 will remain on the left side of my chest no matter
what! Grateful for the opportunity to share so many special moments
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Gene
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.