Sidney Rice, also known as “The guy you take in the 10th round of your fantasy football draft and swear that this is the year he returns to Pro Bowl form and helps you win — oh Jesus Christ, he’s injured again, shit, oh well,” has retired from the NFL. He’s 27 years old.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Rice has decided to retire due to concussion concerns, according to a source who has spoken with the wide receiver. ProFootballTalk first reported Rice’s retirement. The team later announced the news.
Rice, 27, had been expected to be in a camp battle this summer for a role as an outside receiver in Seattle. He re-signed with the Seahawks in April after being released as a salary-cap casualty in February.
RIce has a history of concussions, along with almost every other type of injury. He’s walking away from a $1 million base salary this year by retiring now.
Would a million dollars have been worth it if Rice had suffered another concussion and ended up like almost every other former NFL player — mentally and physically broken? It’s a surprising decision by Rice, but good for him for knowing when to walk away.
So, yeah, don’t draft him this year.
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