Tuesday Round-Up: Sidney Rice medically cleared to begin cutting; NFL schedule not coming this week

Posted Apr 15, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, April 15  - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Former Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice tweeted that he has been medically cleared to "begin cutting" as of yesterday. Rice tore his ACL in a game against the St. Louis Rams back on Oct. 28, 2013 and was placed on injured reserve two days later. He was released by Seattle on Feb. 28 of this year, a move that provided salary cap relief heading into the offseason. Following the move, head coach Pete Carroll said the team might "have a chance" to bring Rice back, but so far the 27-year-old wideout remains a free agent.

The release of the 2014 regular season schedule is on hold for at least another week, according to NFL public relations contact Brian McCarthy.

Mike Sando of consults with fellow ESPN staffers Matt Williamson, Bill Polian, and an anonymous NFL general manager in an exercise to determine which current NFL quarterbacks would be worth a No. 1 overall pick based on their current playing ability. It's an Insider feature, but the Seahawks' Wilson was a unanimous choice among the four evaluators. On Wilson, Sando writes, "Wilson and [Andrew] Luck are the least experienced of the seven unanimous selections. Luck has lived up to his pedigree as a No. 1 overall choice, so it's no surprise seeing him on this list. I was less sure what the analysts would think of Wilson, who has occasionally had to carry a team known more for its defense and punishing ground game. Polian hesitated before naming Wilson to his list simply because the Seahawks' quarterback has started only two seasons and lacks prototypical size. Like every personnel evaluator, Polian would prefer a highly drafted quarterback to stand taller than Wilson, who measures at 5-foot-11.

'In the end, you cannot deny what Wilson has done,' Polian said. 'He has won at two major college programs, he's won playoff games every year in the NFL and he has won a Super Bowl in his second season.' "

Bucky Brooks of tells us what he learned about the NFL Draft during his time as a scout with the Seattle Seahawks, and goes on to name 10 players who are widely expected to go on Day 2 of May's draft, but who could creep up draft boards and go in the first round. Brooks names Washington State safety Deone Buccanon as one such player, as well as Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio, who Brooks believes could fit in the Seahawks' system. On Bitonio, Brooks says, "The buzz about Bitonio's potential began building -- albeit quietly, in NFL circles -- when he shut out UCLA's Anthony Barr in Nevada's 2013 season opener and then performed well against Florida State a couple of weeks later. He's kept up the momentum with standout performances at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. Given the value of his position and the number of teams searching for a quality starter on the edge, Bitonio's stock could peak on draft night."

Chris Burke of thinks the Seahawks should consider trading up for Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks in May's NFL Draft. Burke says, "Think the Seahawks’ speed is tough to deal with now? How about if the explosive Cooks joins the party? He would give Seattle yet another lightning-quick option on offense, plus could serve as Percy Harvin insurance in the event that Harvin suffers yet another injury. The lack of a third-round pick could complicate trade proceedings, depending on how far up the board Seattle needs to get."

Peter King of talks with former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, who offers advice to teams looking for a quarterback in this year's draft.

The NFC West rival St. Louis Rams are offering $100,000 to anyone who can guess their entire 2014 regular season schedule. If you end up winning big, just promise you'll cut me a small chunk of change for steering you in the right direction, okay?

Danny O'Neil of is counting down the five Seahawks who have the most to gain during the 2014 season, and linebacker Bruce Irvin kicks off O'Neil's list. On Irvin's future, O'Neil writes, "It's not quite a make-or-break season for Irvin, but it's getting close. Seattle has moved in a different direction at defensive end, first by signing Avril and now likely promoting him to the starter with [Chris] Clemons gone. That's troubling because pass rush is the one trait Irvin was drafted to play, and it's a role he moved away from in 2013 to the point he wasn't even part of the team's nickel pass-rush package like he was as a rookie. But before anyone writes him off, remember that he is the single most athletic player in Seattle's front seven as he demonstrated with that remarkable over-the-shoulder interception in Week 8 at St. Louis last season. He's got a full offseason and training camp to carve himself a role, and his defensive coordinator sounded very excited about the possibility Irvin will do just that at linebacker."

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times continues his countdown of the Top 25 Seahawks draft picks of all-time, going with current Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane at No. 24.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the NFL's use of the Wonderlic test given to draft-day hopefuls.

Here at, we wished Hawaiian native Max Unger "Hau'oli la Hanau" - a happy birthday - as the 28-year-old former Oregon Duck added "another candle to the cake."

Offensive guard J.R. Sweezy recently returned to his hometown of Mooresville, N.C. to read to more than 600 students at his "alma mater" - Park View Elementary School.

And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth recaps his all-12s-everywhere vacation to the Coachella Valley.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto