If Sidney Rice is still looking for work after June 1, he could make a nice addition to the team and create some competition come training camp.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have needs. They are thing in the secondary and even thinner in the wide receiver department. After Antonio Brown there is no sure bet for Ben Roethlisberger to play pitch and catch with.
The Steelers front office must ask if Sidney Rice is a possibility to fill out the WR depth chart. Sure he has a history of being injured, but he meets two very big requirements. He is tall? At 6-foot-5, Big Ben finally gets his big man. Will he come cheap? With his history of bumps and bruises, I would say yes.
The Steelers were so despite that they gave Darrius Heyward-Bey, a reject of the Raiders and Colts, a chance to ride the pine and fill out the depth chart as the speed guy. So why not take a chance on a proven commodity like Rice? That is if the team feels he can stay healthy. Give him an incentive based deal and let him prove it. If I was a betting man I would head over to http://sports.williamhill.com/ and lay down a bet that if signed, Rice will make an impact on the team and DHB does not make it through training camp.
Rice is a former Pro Bowl receiver. In 2009 he had 83 catches for 1,300 yards and double digit touchdown celebrations. He has always had big potential and has often shown flashes over the years. Rice’s injury history added to being saddled with mostly below average QB’s over the years is the only real downside he has. When he has had decent QB play though, he has shown his talent.
Signing Rice consist of very little risk. Offer an incentive based deal and if he earns it, great. If not, at least we have some depth until Marcus Wheaton and whatever rookie is drafted in the first or second round of the upcoming draft come along. Rice is a redzone monster. His size and ability to leap give the Steelers something they have not had in a while. His reward, if he pans out, is much stronger then the possibility of risk signing him brings to the table.
Rice, who tore his ACL in 2013, has recently been medically cleared to get back to work and several teams, including the Panthers, Saints, Jets and his last employer the Seahawks could be in play for his services. If the Steelers have any interest at all, maybe waiting until after June 1st will be too late.
Rice offers very Little risk, and high reward. his size would give the Steelers a presence for third downs and in the red zone. So do you think the Steelers should take a chance on him? Let us know in the comments below.
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