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Seattle Seahawks release Sidney Rice to save money

Sidney Rice will become an NFL free agent very soon.
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A Seattle Seahawks release of Sidney Rice is now going to be made official. Many rumors about the Seahawks needing to cut Rice came up immediately after the team had just won the 2014 super Bowl. The reason for it was that the franchise needs to cut salaries and was able to win the title without the receiver even taking the field. According to a report from NFL.com on Friday (Feb. 21), the move will be made to create $7.3 million in cap savings for the 2014 NFL season.

This move will give the team more flexibility to possibly offer contracts to receiver Golden Tate and defensive end Michael Bennett. Both players are heading into free agency and will be at the top of the list for general manager John Schneider when it comes to offseason dealings. Recent comments have been made by coach Pete Carroll that he had hoped to keep Rice on the team, but that might only come if the veteran decides to take much less salary than he could get in free agency.

The reality of this situation is that hard decisions will have to be made in each of the next two offseasons and that the decision of the Seattle Seahawks to release Sidney Rice is just one of many more to come. Keeping Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Russell Wilson happy with contract extension in the near future will be additional hurdles that the front office will have to deal with in the near future. For now, though, it seems the mission is to make sure there is enough money to re-sign Golden Tate.