Unlike Holmes and Austin, Rice has been merely waiting for medical clearance.
Returning from ACL surgery, Rice tweeted Monday that he was cleared for football activities by Dr. James Andrews. The wide receiver added that he was cleared to "begin cutting at five months and one week."
Now that Rice has the green light, he's expected to waste no time choosing his next NFL home.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported a month ago that the Jets, Seahawks and Saints have some level of interest in the 27-year-old. According to ProFootballTalk, the Panthers and Giants are also in the mix.
With a checkered injury history that includes hip surgery, knee procedures and multiple concussions, Rice is a candidate for an incentive-laden, one-year contract.
In which case, the Panthers make a lot of sense. They still have a glaring need for starting-caliber receivers and can't afford to spend big. It also would be a return home of sorts for Rice, who played college ball at South Carolina.
If PFT's source is reading the market correctly, Rice could sign by the end of the week.
In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys discuss "Draft Day," then break down who got better (and who got worse) in the AFC East.