Tag:Sidney Rice
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:23 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

CruzBy Josh Katzowitz

In real-life standards, making $490,000 is a pretty decent salary. In the world of pro football, it’s more like a “meh” financial reward, almost the definition of entry-level pay. For an outgoing wide receiver who was virtually unknown before this season and then exploded with an 82-catch, 1,536-yard, nine-touchdown performance and became known as the guy who salsa dances after he scores, it’s an outrage.

Well, not really an outrage, but after his glorious season that ended with a touchdown catch in the Giants Super Bowl XLVI win against the Patriots, Victor Cruz  -- who made $450,000 in 2011 -- would like a substantial raise for 2012.

“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel like I was underpaid,” Cruz told the men at Pro Football Talk. “I mean, I feel like after my performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this point.  But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”

I don’t think many people would disagree that Cruz deserves more money after his 2011 performance, but remember, he signed a three-year $1.2 million contract after he went unselected in the 2010 draft. He missed all of last season with an injury, so it's not like Cruz has put together multiple seasons of consistency.

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Also, you have to remember the players who had breakout seasons and demanded more money from their teams and never got it. Players like Sidney Rice, Matt Forte and DeSean Jackson. Just because Cruz had one wonderful season, that doesn’t mean the Giants have to give him a bigger raise than they’d already planned. And considering New York has a powerful receiving corps, is Cruz holding out in training camp really going to scare the Giants into tearing up his old contract and giving him a new one? I’d guess no.

But in other Cruz news, it’s also been reported that he signed with the powerful IMG agency after the Super Bowl. That won’t increase his ability to barter for a new deal with the Giants, because IMG was hired to work on his marketing and endorsement campaigns (I see either a marketing campaign for Tostitos salsa or for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, though considering Cruz turned down “Dancing with the Stars,” he might like to go less mainstream).

However, adding IMG means Cruz most likely will make more money this year. And if that money doesn’t come from the Giants, Cruz might have to be OK with that.

In even more Cruz news, he weighed in on the laughable “Rob Gronkowski was dancing with his shirt off after the Patriots lost” controversy. Cruz, it seems, disagrees with the spirit of what Gronkowski was doing.

“I would have been in my room, watching TV, soaking in the moment,” Cruz told PFT. “It’s not every day you make it to a Super Bowl, man. . . . Some guys play 15, 16 years in this league and don’t make it the Super Bowl. Or even the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. . . . I probably wouldn’t have been partying too much after that.”

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Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:23 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 1:47 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Brees and Rodgers could square off three times this year, if you count awards. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We won't bore you by listing our preseason predictions (you can read those here), but suffice to say, all of mine were correct. Take a peak at the midseason hardware if you want too, but right now we're interested in dishing out the awards for the full season.


Speaking of which, I've already ranted on Drew Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers for the MVP, but I find it fascinating that at midseason, no one even picked Brees for Offensive Player of the Year, much less MVP. I'm not here to knock Brees, I'm just saying the award's for an entire season's worth of work.

Anyway, below are our full season picks. (You can also read Pete's full season picks here and Clark's full season picks here.)

Most are obvious but "BFA" is "Best Free Agent Addition," "WFA" is "Worst Free Agent Addition," and "DOH!" is "Pick I'd Like to Have Back." (Haha, yes I did pick the guy who eventually iced his own kicker to win "Coach of the Year." At least I was driving the Camwagon though.)

Dive in below and leave your gripes and complaints in the comments.

Award Brinson
Wilson
Katzowitz
Prisco
Judge
MVP
Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers
OPOY
Drew Brees Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Drew Brees Drew Brees
DPOY
Jared Allen Terrell Suggs Jared Allen Jason Pierre-Paul Jared Allen
OROY
Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton
DROY
Von Miller Aldon Smith Aldon Smith Von Miller Von Miller
COY
Marvin Lewis Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh
ASST
Rob Chudzinski Rob Chudzinski Wade Phillips Wade Phillips Wade Phillips
BFA
Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles
WFA
Sidney Rice Braylon Edwards Santonio Holmes Ray Edwards Ray Edwards
Comeback
Steve Smith D'Qwell Jackson Aaron Maybin Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford
Most Improved
Matthew Stafford Antonio Brown Victor Cruz Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski
Surprise
Bengals Broncos Broncos Bengals 49ers
Disappoint
Eagles Jets Eagles Eagles Eagles
Executive
Rick Smith Rick Smith Rick Smith Martin Mayhew Mike Brown
DOH!
Garrett for COY Rivers for MVP Rivers for MVP Fins in/Lions out Rams in NFCW

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Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Sidney Rice done for the season

S. Rice suffered two concussions in three weeks (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The past couple of seasons have not been kind to Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice and to the teams who employ him.

After starting only three games last year because of a hip injury, the Vikings declined to give him a long-term deal, which allowed Seattle to do exactly that, inking him to a five-year, $41 million contract before this season.

But if the Vikings believed he was brittle -- and by not signing a talent like Rice, that obviously was one of the reasons they didn’t re-up him -- he’s done nothing to disprove that theory.

That’s why it’s not surprising to hear, via the Seattle Times, that the Seahawks will place Rice on injured reserve after suffering his second concussion in three games (Rice also suffered through a torn labrum early this season and missed practice lately because of knee problems).

"We're going to sit him down to make sure we take great care of him as we gather more information," coach Pete Carroll said. “We have to give him time. He's going to have to sit for a number of weeks before he would be able to play anyway. We just want to make sure we take care of him and don't bring him back too soon."

It’s an unfortunate occurrence for Rice, who seems to have disappeared in Seattle.

Remember in 2009 when he caught  83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns? That seems like ages ago. In the past two seasons combined, he’s recorded 46 catches for 537 yards and eight touchdowns.

Obviously, Rice is still a scoring threat because he’s 6-foot-4 and speedy. But on a game-by-game impact, the 25-year-old has grown nearly irrelevant because of his injuries. Now we’ll have to wait until next year to see if he’s really the receiver he once was.

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Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:06 am
Edited on: September 24, 2011 12:12 am
 

Pete Carroll disputes claim of feud with his GM

Pete Carroll and John Schneider (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Friday, Pro Football Weekly released a report that claimed Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider aren’t getting along so well (not unlike perhaps a certain pair in Kansas City -- coincidentally enough, both squads are 0-2).

PFW publisher Hub Arkush said Caroll is very unhappy with many of the moves Schneider made this season (Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice and Robert Gallery). But if the two were to duke it out for their jobs, Arkush said Carroll would be the victor.

But after hearing that report, Carroll was upset. After Friday’s practice, though he and Schneider goofily pretended like they were going to fight in front of the media, Carroll said this (via the Everett Heralh).

"That's extraordinarily irresponsible," he said. "It's inaccurate, it's lazy, and I wouldn't believe a word they said. That's so far from true. John and I are as close as you can get. I've never been closer with anybody I've ever worked with and every decision we make, we make together. They don't even understand, so whatever that was -- I don't know who those guys were or where they came from, but they were just dead wrong."

"It's just weak that somebody would say stuff like that. They know nothing, they never talked to us, they've never seen us. They know nothing about what we're all about. "

And if you need more ice water thrown on the PFW report, consider what writer John Boyle (aka as the CBSSports.com Seahawks Rapid Reporter) penned in his article: “Even before Carroll addressed the report, it did seem a bit odd to those of us who are around those two on an almost daily basis.”

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Report: Sidney Rice has torn labrum

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (4:44 p.m. ET): This is what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say about the report of Sidney Rice's torn labrum:

"I don't know what you are talking about as far as this report."

So, there's that.

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Sidney Rice certainly isn’t going to change people’s minds who think that he’s brittle, perhaps giving vindication to the Vikings who didn’t feel like giving him a long-term deal was the best idea.

Unfortunately for Seattle, the Seahawks did sign Rice -- who missed most of last season with a hip injury -- to a five-year deal worth $41 million. And all they’ve gotten so far is a receiver who’s been inactive for the first two games of the season.

Now comes the news from Jay Glazer, reporting on Fox NFL Sunday, that Rice has a torn labrum in his shoulder and that he could have to undergo surgery. But Glazer said that Rice will try to work through and rehab the injury without having the surgery.

Either way, it’s bad news for Rice and the Seahawks, and we probably shouldn’t count on seeing him on the field anytime soon.

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Carroll: Tarvaris got 'jerked around' in Minny

Posted by Will Brinson

Tarvaris Jackson is Pete Carroll's new "guy" in Seattle.

As such, it's not surprising to hear him defend Jackson and the quarterback's struggles in Minnesota. But it is surprising to hear him basically rip the Vikings front office and coaching staff for their way of handling Jackson.

“He has not been in a good situation," Carroll told Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver. "He’s been jerked around. We wanted to put him in a stable situation."

Boom. Roasted. But wait -- Carroll's comment wasn't even the spiciest one in Silver's article. Seahawks GM John Schneider kept things straight real when discussing Jackson's situation.

"He's 28 years old, and quite frankly was [expletive] on for four years," Schneider said.

Look, I'll give Schneider and Carroll credit for having a point here, because Jackson's been pushed back on the depth chart by a different crusty veteran nearly every single year since the Vikings drafted him in the first round. Brad Johnson, Gus Frerotte, and Brett Favre all started ahead of Jackson at one point, and obviously a situation involving Favre is going to play out like a yo-yo.

But having said all that, if Jackson was truly good enough to flourish and/or a clear-cut, starter-level quarterback at the NFL level, would the Vikings have been going out and chasing veteran quarterbacks in the first place? Or would they have simply allowed Jackson to walk after 2010 even though they were desperate enough for a quarterback that they a) reached for Christian Ponder in the first round and b) traded for Donovan McNabb?

It sure seems unlikely.

So it'll be quite interesting to see whether or not Carroll is more patient in Seattle if Jackson struggles to produce in the same offense that he was running in Minnesota. Seattle sure does appear to be a good situation for him, because he's got the same offensive coordinator (Darrell Bevell) and top offensive weapon (Sidney Rice).

And the Seahawks not only put their confidence firmly behind him, having named him the starter already, but they went out and got him a nice little bonus weapon in tight end Zach Miller.

So Jackson can succeed. Or he can struggle, again.

If it's the latter, however, we'll probably have to add Charlie Whitehurst's name to an already unassuming list of veterans who have hopped Jackson on the depth chart.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:35 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's sometimes easy to get lost in the maelstrom that is Oakland Raiders football, but tight end Zach Miller was one of the most underrated players at his position during his four-year NFL career. And now he'll take his game some 800 miles north to Seattle where the Seahawks have reached an agreement with the former second-round pick out of Arizona State, the Associated Press is reporting.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets that the deal is for five years, worth $34 million, and includes $17 million in guarantees.

Miller joins Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice as the newest faces on Seattle's offense, and he'll team up with another young tight end with unlimited potential: John Carlson who, because of injuries, changing schemes and quarterbacks, has seen his reception totals decline in each of his three NFL seasons.

On Monday before Miller had agreed to terms but after it was announced he was visiting Seattle, ESPN.com's Mike Sando detailed the plan for Carlson and the Seahawks' tight ends in 2011: "[New offensive coordinator Darrell] Bevell is implementing an offense similar to the one Mike Holmgren ran in Seattle when Holmgren pushed the team to make Carlson a second-round draft choice. That angle still might come into play, but Carlson isn't the only receiving tight end the Seahawks are considering as they move through the early stages of training camp."

In terms of raw numbers, Miller has 226 career receptions for 2,712 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he hauled in 60 catches for 685 yards (5 TDs) in 2010. Carlson, meanwhile, has 137 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns, including 31 catches for 318 yards (1 TD) a season ago.

Miller will be reunited with Tom Cable, the new Seattle assistant head coach/offensive line and former Raiders head coach.

In other Seahawks personnel news (via the AP): Defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson has also signed with the team. He spent last season with New Orleans, but his best seasons came in 2008 and 2009 with Tampa Bay when he worked with new Seattle defensive line coach Todd Wash. Wilkerson started a career-high 15 games in 2009 and had career bests in tackles (46) and sacks (6). Wilkerson was the second defensive free agent to reach a deal with Seattle in as many days. The Seahawks brought back cornerback Kelly Jennings on Monday.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Seahawks announce deals including Brandon Mebane

Posted by Will Brinson

Friday night was "official signing" night for the NFL, what with free agency beginning at 6 p.m. and all, so not every single Seattle Seahawk signing was necessarily newsworthy. Certainly though, the fact that Brandon Mebane was re-signed is pretty big.

"That’s a cool thing," GM John Schneider said. "Being able to re-sign one of our own guys who was a hot commodity in free agency was huge for us. He wanted to stay here. We wanted him to stay here."

The 26-year-old, who Pete Prisco listed as his eighth-best available free agent, re-signed with Seattle on a five-year, $25 million deal that features $5 million in guarantees.

"He has been a good starter for the Seahawks the past four seasons," Prisco wrote at the time. "He is a perfect 4-3 defensive tackle. Seattle would love to have him back."

So it's obvious that they're pretty thrilled at landing Mebane in the offseason, especially considering the division-rival Rams were also interested in chasing after Mebane and reportedly made him an offer earlier on Friday.

His ability to stuff the run is a huge plus, especially in a division that has second-year starter Sam Bradford and/or unknown "franchise" guy Kevin Kolb as its best quarterback. (Seriously -- think about how bad the quarterbacking is in the NFC West relative to other divisions. Although I guess that says something about the general competitiveness of the division.)

Mebane wasn't the only big signing the Seahawks dropped, though. They also announced that Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice (hello, Vikings west!) had signed.

"Obviously we knew firsthand from [offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell] about all the research we did on [Jackson’s] leadership skills, his football intelligence, his swagger and all that," Schneider said. "We were very comfortable with him."

And, as we noted earlier in the week, inking Jackson didn't exactly stop the team from bringing in Rice.

"Once we were able to come to an agreement with T-Jack, it helped us with Sidney, obviously, in terms of recruiting," Schneider said.

It'll provide for an interesting mix -- if Jackson can produce at the level that people expected of him in Minnesota, Seattle's made stupendous progress in Pete Carroll's short time with the franchise.

And if not, there's always Andrew Luck.

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