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SEATTLE — The Seahawks are releasing wide receiver Sidney Rice to clear cap space, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Friday.
Schefter sent this tweet Friday at 9:14 a.m.
Seahawks are releasing WR Sidney Rice, per league source. Rice signed a five-year, $41 million contract in July 2011.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 21, 2014
The move was widely expected by football experts.
The Seattle Seahawks did not confirm the report, but Rice tweeted apparent confirmation later.
“The number #12 will remain on the left side of my chest no matter what!’’ Rice tweeted. “Grateful for the opportunity to share so many special moments w yall.’’
Rice, 27, signed a five-year, $41 million contract with Seattle in July 2011. He tore his ACL in late October, and has suffered injuries on and off throughout his career.
Rice caught 97 passes in three seasons with the Hawks.
Lynch will receive two years of probation as part of the plea bargain, along with a fine that will be determined by the judge, ESPN said, citing his attorney, Ivan Golde.
Lynch, 27, was arrested July 14, 2012, after an officer allegedly observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland weaving in and out of lanes in a Ford van. Golde told ESPN that Lynch recorded a .08 blood-alcohol level on the field sobriety test, the lowest level that is above the legal limit in California.
Golde also believes that pleading to the lesser charge will enable Lynch to avoid any penalties from the NFL.
“I can’t speak for the commissioner [Roger Goodell],” Golde told ESPN, “but my feeling is Marshawn is OK and will avoid a suspension.”
Meanwhile, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Thursday that the club will not use the franchise tag on pass-rushing defensive end Michael Bennett, who is to become a free agent if he is not re-signed.
“I don’t anticipate that, no,” Schneider said of the franchise tag possibility at a news conference.
Schneider also said that bringing back wide receiver Golden Tate, also due to become a free agent, is “a big priority.”
“Golden knows where we stand,” Schneider said. “He knows how much we love him.”
SEATTLE — No one gets better access to the Super Bowl than the players themselves.
One Seahawks player wanted to show the 12th Man what the experience was really like, through his own eyes.
Wide receiver Golden Tate wore a GoPro camera and Google Glass on Super Bowl Media Day. But it turns out he captured the entire week leading up the big game on video.
So watch the Super Bowl Gameday experience through the eyes of Golden Tate.
SEATTLE — Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett made it clear to the team that if they hope to resign him in free agency, they better not think of offering a discounted price.
“There is no such thing as a discount,” Bennett told NFL Network Tuesday. “This isn’t Costco, this isn’t Walmart; this is real life.”
Bennett, 28, said he hopes to stay in Seattle, but won’t take any sort of cut in pay or cheaper offer to remain on the world championship team.
“You go out there and you give the best effort every day and you fight for your teammates, and you want to be compensated for the way that you perform and the kind of teammate you are,” Bennett told the NFL Network.
Bennett compiled 8.5 sacks and was considered one of the strongest defensive ends in the league this year with the Hawks, helping them secure a Super Bowl win and a 13-3 record throughout the season.
To watch the full Michael Bennett interview, click here.
SEATTLE — When running back Marshawn Lynch asked Seahawks fan John Scott in the crowd for his Native American hand drum at the team’s Super Bowl victory parade last Wednesday, Scott hesitated at first, but then he gave it up.
“I was kind of concerned; he doesn’t know how sacred it is to the Native community, but then when I realized, hey, this is Marshawn Lynch, he just won us a Super Bowl. So I thought it was an even exchange — the drum for the Super Bowl,” Scott said.
Lynch beat on the drum during much of the parade.
Nathan Chasing Horse, a medicine man with the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Nation who is best known for starring as “Smiles A Lot” in the blockbuster film “Dances with Wolves,” heard about Scott’s gift from Tina Hagedorn. He takes a lot of pride in preserving his Native people’s teachings and customs.
“The drum is very important to all Native people’s cultures,” Chasing Horse said Monday.
For him, the drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. He uses it during healing ceremonies and said, “My people call it the Chan Chega and the Ichabu, the drumstick and the drum, what it symbolizes is thunder and lightning.”
Chasing Horse said his people believe there is a purpose for everything and, though some tribal members may have frowned at first on Lynch beating the drum during the parade, he said, “When you think about it, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and for that in itself has brought some change for the state of Washington.”
He understands the loss Scott felt when he gave Lynch his drum and was proud of him for representing the giving nature of the Native people’s culture, so during a ceremony at the Tulalip Casino, he replaced Scott’s gift with his own personal hand-made ceremonial drum, telling him. “I pray that this will serve a good purpose in the smoke house or wherever you choose to use it and so my brother friend, this is your drum.”
Hagedorn, who arranged the meeting, works with Chasing Horse on his nonprofit youth drum project organization.
“The things that Nathan and John talked about with the drum are very meaningful to our Native community and I think all of our Seahawks fans can really feel what it means to be united together by a team,” Hagedorn said.
Beast Mode may not have known the true power of the drum he was given, the power to bring people together and to touch hearts.
“I gave it to Marshawn expecting nothing in return; so for me, to get another drum from such a special person, I’m honored,” Scott said.
SEATTLE — It was quite an adventure for the 12th Man getting in and out of Seattle Wednesday. With 700,000 people packing downtown for the parade, the transportation was chaotic to say the least.
After the parade, thousands upon thousands were lined up for hours trying to get on the ferries and water taxis. The commute was a drag for so many but the 12th Man says it was well worth it.
Leaving the parade, the youngest 12th fan were all smiles.
“It was great; Marshawn Lynch throwing Skittles; seeing all the vehicles and wide receivers,” fan Marshall Miller said.
The excitement of it all made the commute more bearable.
“We caught the 8:45 a.m. ferry over, did a lot of walking, standing and waiting,” fan Katy O’Keefe said.
The journey back home was even more crowded. Thousands of people packed in like sardines waiting for ferries.
“It’s supposed to be sold out until 11:30 tonight,” Kyle Howell said.
“This is the largest crowd we have seen in the terminals since I have been here,” Washington State Patrol trooper Bill Ashcraft said.
The bus stops were no different.
With every bus packed to the brim, some trying to get home from Westlake Park got frustrated.
“I have to go back to Whidbey Island; it’s a two-hour bus ride, it’s cold; we’ve been waiting for hours,” Lisa Frost said.
Despite the long delays, most did not complain.
“Anything for the Hawks,” Marya Oakley said.
“It was a fun adventure, it was worth it so excited,” Shannon Colberg said.
Instead of waiting, many fans continued their celebration at downtown bars and shops.
“To get out of the cold, it,s nice to keep warm,” Danielle Spaulding said.
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Alaskan Way has never been this busy on a Wednesday evening.
“We were quiet this morning and then, wow, everyone showed up,” owner Andy James said.
Overall, it was a memorable day for families, friends and the 12th Man who wanted nothing more to show their love for their city and Seahawks.
By 7 p.m., there were no more long delays on buses and ferries. Most fans said despite the challenges of getting around they would do it all over again.
SEATTLE — Check out this video to see Lynch and the man who gave him his Native American drum.