Local: 503.250.1080
    Toll Free: 866.358.1080
| More
National Football League
Scoreboard|Stats|Standings|Teams|Players|Player News|Injuries|Transactions

Seattle releases WR Sidney Rice, DE Red Bryant

(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

By TIM BOOTH

AP Sports Writer

(AP) -- Wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant were released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, giving the Super Bowl champions additional salary cap space as free agency approaches.

Seattle made the expected roster moves official eight days before teams can start speaking with potential free agents. Bryant had spent his entire career with the Seahawks after being a fourth-round draft pick in 2008, while Rice signed as a free agent before the 2011 season.

According to the league's transaction report, Rice was released with a "failed physical" designation.

Both were due hefty salaries in 2014 that didn't necessarily match the production they had shown on the field. Rice had struggled with injuries with the Seahawks and was lost for the 2013 season after Week 8 with a knee injury. Bryant was a unique player as a 300-pound defensive end for the Seahawks, but his playing time had diminished.

Seattle should save more than $12 million in salary cap space with the moves. Rice was due $8.5 million in base salary for 2014 and Bryant $4.5 million.

"We want to thank both Red and Sidney for their effort, commitment and contribution to the Seattle Seahawks over the last few years," Seattle 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."

Both moves were expected to happen and are likely the first in a series that will change the makeup of the Super Bowl champions.

Bryant was one of just four players left from before the arrival of Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll. He was given a new contract during the 2012 offseason, but the emergence of Michael Bennett - one of Seattle's top free agent priorities - appeared to make Bryant expendable.

The only players still remaining from the pre-Carroll era are center Max Unger, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and punter Jon Ryan.

Bryant was also a captain and vocal leader of Seattle's league-best defense. He could be an attractive option in free agency for a team seeking a defensive end that can hold the edge in defending the run in a 3-4 defense.

Rice had not matched the production that came with his big contract, mostly because of injuries. Rice played in 33 games with 31 starts with 97 receptions for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns. But his 2011 season was cut short by a concussion and he was unable to finish the 2013 season after suffering an ACL tear in his knee and being placed on injured reserve. Rice led Seattle in receptions (50) and yards receiving (748) during the 2012 season, one of just two seasons in his career that he's played in all 16 regular-season games.

Rice tweeted a goodbye to Seattle fans shortly after his release became official: "The amount of love I have for the (hash)12thman and the (at)Seahawks organization! Thanks for a wonderful experience!"

AP NFL website www.pro32.ap.org

Updated February 28, 2014

w3 © 2014 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

The Fan's Top Stories

FSU #1, Ducks remain #2 in latest poll


(AP) . . Florida State received 27 first-place votes, seven fewer than last week, from the media panel Sunday. No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Alabama both had 13 first-place votes. More.

Michigan sorry for handling of QB injury


(AP) Roughly 12 hours after embattled Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he'd been given no indication that quarterback Shane Morris had been diagnosed with a concussion, athletic director Dave Brandon revealed . . . more.

NC State coach: No. 1 Florida State faked injuries


(AP) The game between North Carolina State and Florida State continued Monday with coach Dave Doeren saying the Seminoles faked injuries to slow the Wolfpack down . . . more.

49ers hand Eagles first loss on The FAN


(AP) An off-balance Colin Kaepernick improvised, threw across his body and across the field, finding Frank Gore open near the opposite sideline more than 20 yards away. More.

Europe wins eighth Ryder Cup in 10 tries


(AP) Tom Watson walked over to congratulate Jamie Donaldson for the shot of his life, a shot that ended the Ryder Cup. He walked up the 15th fairway at Gleneagles . . . more.

Oregon State buried in 35-10 loss to No. 18 USC


(AP) Oregon State's defense and special teams did its part to break a 23-game losing streak at the Coliseum that dates to the Eisenhower administration. More.

The FAN's College Football Page


Ducks, Beavers, Pac-12, you name it! For the latest stories and real time scores, head to The FAN's college football page here.

The FAN's NFL Page


Follow your favorite teams and players - for stats, previews, recaps and realtime gamecasts, make The FAN's NFL Page your pro football destination.