Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have released defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice, the team announced this afternoon.
"We want to thank both Red and Sidney for their effort, commitment and contribution to the Seattle Seahawks over the last few years," said Executive Vice President/GM John Schneider. "These are extremely tough decisions, but we wanted to give them a head start on free agency. We wish them well in the future."
Bryant played in 64 games with 55 starts, tallying 121 tackles (78 solo), 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, one touchdown, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Over the past three seasons, he started 47 games, missing one due to injury. He also played in five postseason games with six tackles (two solo).
Signed by Seattle as an unrestricted free agent on July 29, 2011, Rice played in 33 games with 31 starts for the Seahawks with 97 receptions for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns over three seasons.
Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second-round (44th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, Rice has played in 81 games with 57 starts, posted 243 receptions for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns. He has also played in five postseason games with three starts, posting 17 catches for 298 yards and four touchdowns.