Seahawks WR Rice decides to retire due to concussion issues

Sidney Rice has called it quits.

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Sidney Rice has decided to retire after seven seasons in the NFL.

A source told FOX Sports NFL Inside Mike Garafolo that concussion concerns led the Seahawks wide receiver to hang up his cleats, despite signing a one-year deal worth $1 million this offseason.

Rice released a statement on Wednesday.

"After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League," said Rice. "I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans. I take great pride in knowing I was one of the players signed to help build the foundation of the team that ultimately won the Super Bowl. I’ll be joining the 12s in support of the Seattle Seahawks as they take on the challenge to repeat. I appreciate all of the wonderful opportunities and look forward to establishing myself as a businessman. I will always be a Seahawk!"

Rice addressed why he made this decision.

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"I was just thinking about things I’ve been through in the last few years,” he said. “I’ve hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. It’s something I’ve always battled through and came back from.

“But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road.”

Seahawks general manager John Scheider released a statement.

"The entire organization would like to thank Sidney for his leadership over the past three seasons. His time as a Seahawks player displayed the core values that Pete and I aimed to bring to the program and Sidney is a true champion. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."

Rice broke into the league as a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings back in 2007. He enjoyed his finest season in the NFL with the Vikings in 2009, when he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and 8 touchdowns.

He came to the Seahawks in 2011 and caught 97 passes over the next three seasons, only completing a 16-game schedule once.