To begin with, I love Rice
I love his toughness.
But is he the right receiver for Seattle? The answer is yes, except we have Tate. Basically both are not the deep down field receivers that demand double coverage.
Hawks really need a receiver that can break down field, that can demand double coverage and take a lot of pressure off of the other receiver.
Why I suggest Rice, is simply cost. He will be about 9 million next year?
Lets say for example than we get Wallace via FA, what about 12 million? Sure, a lot of money, but not that much more than what were paying for Rice.. ok maybe a little.
I don't know how much it will be to sign Wallace so, this is all speculation of course.
But what we get with Wallace.. is huge
Greater spacing in the middle of the field for Tate and the TE's
Greater Yard per catch.
Double team'd to get everyone else one on one.
a biggy here.. Less time Russell needs to look for a receiver, there by minimizing injury potential.
Bigger spacing for the runners to run through.
The benefits are huge.
We will be compensated for Rice. what we get.. I don't know, we gave a 1st for Branch.
Wallace has been pretty much injury free.
If we parlay it right, we could with the draft choice get one of those outstanding TE's (3) that are available, I'm likeing the kid from Cincinnati.
Cincinnati senior Travis Kelce (younger brother of Eagles center, Jason Kelce) might have the most complete skillset of them all, though. A 6'6" 260 pound sledgehammer with speed and strength, Kelce will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as he goes through the pre-draft process.
Part of what makes Gronkowski such an impressive NFL tight end (and why Kelce compares favorably to him) is because he's a strong, technically sound, and tenacious blocker, and the Bearcats use his talents in a number of ways in their run game.
too.. THis gives us the best of all worlds as far as receivers go..
we have the
Pure route runner in Bouldwin.
helter-skelter receiver in Tate
and the Breakaway guy in Wallace.