Who is Rashee Rice? Chiefs WR wanted by police after Sunday car accident in Dallas – Sporting News

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Rashee Rice was one of the NFL’s top rookies during the 2023 NFL season. He is expected to be among the Chiefs’ most important offensive players in 2024, but an offseason incident may throw a wrench into those plans.

Dallas police were searching for Rice in connection with a multi-vehicle accident that occurred Saturday. Six vehicles were involved in the crash, and the drivers of a Corvette and a Lamborghini — one of which was registered to Rice — left the scene.

The Chiefs wideout has retained counsel and a report about the crash will be released Tuesday, per CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson

Rice’s attorney, Royce West, released a statement Monday:

On behalf of Rashee Rice, his thoughts are with everyone impacted by the automobile accident on Saturday. Rashee is cooperating with local authorities and will take all necessary steps to address this situation responsibly.

The NFL confirmed Tuesday it was monitoring the situation.

And Thursday, West offered another statement on Rice’s behalf that confirmed Rice was driving one of the cars during the accident.

“Mr. Rice wants to make certain — and comes to appreciate — that he’s going to do everything in his power to bring their life back to as normal as possible in terms of injuries, in terms property damage and make certain that he is responsible for them to get through that particular part [of the recovery],” West said.

But who exactly is Rashee Rice? Here’s everything to know about the Chiefs playmaker as he navigates legal issues during the 2024 NFL offseason.

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Who is Rashee Rice?

Rice is a 23-year-old receiver who plays for the Chiefs. He was a second-round pick out of SMU in the 2023 NFL Draft and quickly developed into Patrick Mahomes’ top receiving target during Kansas City’s Super Bowl 58 run.

More recently, Rice made headlines for his off-the-field actions. Dallas police were searching for him in connection to a major, multi-vehicle accident that occurred Saturday. 

A vehicle believed to be registered or leased to Rice was involved in a collision on the North Central Expressway. The occupants of the two cars that caused the six-vehicle pile-up — a Corvette and a Lamborghini — fled the scene.

Rice has retained counsel and released a statement saying that he is cooperating with authorities in their investigation into the crash. He released another statement Wednesday apologizing for his role in the incident:

“Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday’s accident,” Rice wrote. “I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities. I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday’s accident.”

Rice’s counsel, Royce West, confirmed that the Chiefs receiver was driving one of the cars involved in the accident.

Where is Rashee Rice from?

Rice was born in Philadelphia, Penn., but he grew up in North Richland Hills, Texas, which is located 30 miles west of Dallas.

Rice played his college ball at SMU, which is located in University Park, Texas, just outside of Dallas and 31 miles from his hometown. Thus, his roots are in the area and it makes sense that Dallas would be one of his offseason stomping grounds.

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Rashee Rice Super Bowl stats

Rice played his first NFL season in 2023, and he thrived as the Chiefs’ No. 1 receiver. The 55th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft logged 79 catches for 938 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 regular-season games.

The Chiefs rookie followed up his regular-season success by grabbing 26 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown in four postseason games. He had eight total touches in Super Bowl 58 (six catches, two runs) for 41 yards.

Rice was expected to be a 1,000-yard threat for the Chiefs in his second season. That now could to be in jeopardy amid his legal uncertainty. 

Rashee Rice salary for 2024

Rice is set to have a $1,045,237 base salary for the Chiefs next season, per Spotrac.com. His cap hit will be $1,476,184, as a prorated $430,947 of his $1,723,788 signing bonus is accounted for in each of the four years on his contract.

Rice’s cap hit ranks 93rd in the NFL among receivers for the 2024 season. That makes him a valuable commodity, and one who will not be easy to replace if necessary — even in a loaded receiver draft class.

Rashee Rice contract

Rice’s total contract is worth $6,495,208 over four years. Below is a breakdown of that deal, per Spotrac.com.

Year Base salary Bonuses Cap hit Dead cap
2023 $750,000 $430,947 $1,180,947 $3,519,025
2024 $1,045,237 $430,947 $1,476,184 $2,338,078
2025 $1,340,473 $430,947 $1,771,420 $861,894
2026 $1,635,710 $430,947 $2,066,657 $430,947

Rice won’t be expensive at any point over his next three seasons with the Chiefs. As long as he’s on the field, this deal figures to be a team-friendly one.

But his availability is in question amid the allegations against him, so suffice to say that the Chiefs will be closely monitoring the outcome of this case.

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