Saints show interest in WR Sidney Rice

The New Orleans Saints have shown some interest in free-agent receiver Sidney Rice, according to a league source. It’s unknown if a visit has been scheduled.

The Saints are much thinner than usual at the receiver position after releasing veteran Lance Moore last week. They still have returning starters Marques Colston and Kenny Stills. But Nick Toon is the only receiver on the roster with any NFL experience. The Saints could also consider bringing back veteran Robert Meachem and Joe Morgan, who are still unsigned as free agents.

Presumably, the Saints would like to add at least one veteran into the mix, as well as a possible draft choice. Perennial training camp favorite Andy Tanner could also compete for a greater role.

Rice, 27, was a dynamic receiver early in his career with the Minnesota Vikings, with a Pro Bowl season in 2009 (1,312 yards, eight touchdowns). But he has battled a series of injuries during the past four years with both the Seattle Seahawks (2011-2013) and Vikings (2007-2010).

The 6-foot-4, 202-pounder suffered a torn ACL midway through last season and finished with just 15 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns in eight games played. In 2012, Rice had 50 catches for 748 yards and seven touchdowns in a full season with the Seahawks.