Seahawks Updates: Sidney Rice, Earl Thomas, Injuries

By Garth Shanklin on 2/07/2014 04:00:00 PM

Less than a week removed from their championship win over Denver, the Seahawks are already looking toward possible moves in the offseason. One possibility? Cutting WR Sidney Rice .’s Mike Coppinger reported  earlier this week that the team could cut the former Viking to save cap space.  Seattle has numerous free agents of note this offseason, including Golden Tate and Michael Bennett .

Another possible cap casualty? Tight end and former Raider Zach Miller . reporter Ian Rapoport said the team could ask him to reduce his salary, but the franchise can save $5 million by releasing him.

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Rapoport also tweeted  that the Seahawks’ top offseason priority isn’t resigning Tate or Bennett, but working out an extension for safety Earl Thomas . Thomas had 105 tackles and five interceptions last season for Seattle.

Thomas also finished the season relatively healthy, when compared to other players on the roster.

After the championship parade, head coach Pete Carroll gave updates on a few injured players. 

«We have so few guys that are going to have to have surgeries,» he said. «There are always some things that will pop up but we enter in a really good level of conditioning.«

One of those players is tackle Russell Okung .  He missed eight games with a torn toe ligament. Carroll said Rice has made an «unbelievable» recovery from his midseason anterior cruciate ligament tear.

Percy Harvin , Jesse Williams, Greg Scruggs , and Korey Toomer should also return healthy next season. Harvin played in three games this season, including the Super Bowl.

Richard Sherman hurt his ankle in that game, but he should be healthy in a few weeks.  Fellow corner Tharold Simon , on the other hand, will require surgery to help him deal with multiple toe issues on both feet.