Yesterday, we had the awful news that the Denver Broncos had decided to release backup tight end Joel Dreessen after he failed his physical. And today, an even bigger bombshell dropped on us without any warning whatsoever.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has announced that he will retire from the NFL. The Sweet Bird of Youth is still fluttering ever so gently around the 27-year-old pass-catcher, but he’s decided to hang up his cleats following his team’s Super Bowl run last year.

The Seahawks cut Rice earlier in the year in a move that saved them from paying this spare a ton of money to underproduce, but in April Rice agreed to terms on a one-year deal to return. Rice was signed to a monster deal a few years back after a Pro Bowl 2009 season with the Minnesota Vikings, but injuries kept him from ever living up to that contract. He was sidelined with a torn ACL when Seattle thumped Denver in the Super Bowl.

No word yet on how grizzled, beaten-down former Vikings QB Brett Favre is taking the news, but surely he’ll find a way to make this all about him before the day is out. Classic Favre.

See you at the crossroads, Sidney.

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