Seattle Seahawks Agree to Terms with Sidney Rice
According to Jay Glazer of FOX, the Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver Sidney Rice have agreed to terms on a five-year contract. The deal is worth a maximum of $41 million, with $18.5 million guaranteed.
Rice had spent the first four years of his career with the Vikings after being picked in the second round of the 2007 draft out of South Carolina.
He did very little in his first two seasons, but exploded in 2009 with Brett Favre under center, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.
Rice’s follow-up effort was cut severely short due to offseason hip surgery that forced him to miss the first 10 games last season, but he performed decently in the six games he did play.
The news of Rice signing with Seattle likely isn’t pleasant news for Donovan McNabb, who was traded to Minnesota earlier Wednesday.
In Seattle, Rice will be reunited with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who agreed to sign with the Seahawks Tuesday, as well as offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who previously occupied the same position in Minnesota.
Rice was regarded as one of the top receivers on the market.
The uncertainty surrounding the quarterback situation in Seattle is unsettling, but Rice instantly becomes the top target for either Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst.
He is a huge target (6-4, 202) with good hands and speed, and has shown a great ability to win jump balls and stretch the field. Basically, Rice has all the tools you want in a wide receiver. His presence will instantly make the job of either Whitehurst or Jackson significantly easier.
He was a legit WR1 with Brett Favre firing balls his way, but likely best translates to Seattle as a WR2, given the quarterbacks. As we’ve seen time and time again, subpar QB play can severely hinder the fantasy impact of even the league’s most talented pass-catchers (Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall, anyone?)
Rice is a nice mid-round pick.