Report: Jets Eye Free Agent Rice
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Still hoping to improve their receiving corps, the Jets apparently would like to add one more veteran to complement the free-agent splash signing of Eric Decker.
That veteran could be Sidney Rice, according to the NFL Network.
The Jets and New Orleans Saints have expressed interest in Rice, with the Seattle Seahawks, who released him prior to free agency, perhaps interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate.
Rice caught 97 passes over three seasons with Seattle, but was lost for the remainder of the 2013 season following an ACL injury in Week 8. The 27-year-old wideout, who was drafted in the second round out of South Carolina back in 2007 by Minnesota, has 243 receptions, 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns in seven professional seasons.
Rice posted a career-high 83 catches, 1,322 yards and eight TDs with the Vikings back in 2009, but has played 16 games just once in his last four seasons, missing 25 games in that span.
The Jets, who have been cautious in their approach to free agency so far, may want to sign Rice to a “prove it’ deal, which likely would mean for one year at a reasonable price.
According to the NY Post, the Jets are also interested in Jacoby Ford, a fourth-year receiver out of Clemson who was recently released by the Oakland Raiders.
Ford, who has 57 catches, 848 yards and three TDs in his career, has familiarity with Jets receivers coach Sanjay Lal from Oakland, and is known for his game-breaking speed, an aspect the Jets could use as a deep threat and to improve their mediocre special teams.
The Jets were in the running for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but he reportedly agreed to a five-year, $39 million deal with the Giants on Monday.
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