Rice now a Bronco

The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with free-agent wide receiver Jerry Rice. He reportedly will get a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $765,000 and a $25,000 signing bonus.

Rice, 6-2, 200 pounds, is a 13-time Pro Bowl selection and 11-time All-Pro (Associated Press) who enters his 21st season as the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. One of pro football's most celebrated players, Rice owns 38 NFL records (16 regular season, 9 postseason, 11 Super Bowl and 2 Pro Bowl) totaled with San Francisco (1985-2000), Oakland (2001-04) and Seattle (2004).

Rice, who was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team, has played 303 career regular-season games (284 starts) and recorded 1,549 receptions for 22,895 yards (14.8 avg.) with 197 touchdown catches. He has gained 645 career rushing yards on 87 attempts with 10 scores, giving him NFL career records for total touchdowns (208 – 197 rec., 10 rush., 1 fumble ret.) and yards from scrimmage (23,540).

In 2004, Rice posted his highest yards-per-reception average (14.3) in nine years while playing for Oakland and Seattle, recording 30 receptions for 429 yards with three touchdowns. He played six games (5 starts) with Oakland before playing 11 games (9 starts) with Seattle to become one of only four players since 1933 to play 17 games in a single regular season.

Rice moved into first place on the NFL's all-time combined net yards list (23,546) vs. Dallas (12/6/04), recording a season-high eight catches for 145 yards with one touchdown for the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. That performance was one of an NFL-record 76 career 100-yard games in the regular season for Rice, who is a three-time Super Bowl champion and owns a league-best eight career 100-yard games in the postseason.

The NFL's all-time leader with 14 1,000-yard seasons, Rice's 1,848 receiving yards in 1995 mark the highest single-season total in league history while his 22 touchdown catches in 1987 are a one-year NFL best. Selected by San Francisco in the first round (16th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft, Rice caught a pass in an NFL-record 274 consecutive games from his rookie year through September 2004.

Rice set 18 NCAA Division II records during his four-year career at Mississippi Valley State University while earning consensus All-American honors after going above the 100-catch mark as a junior and senior. The first overall pick in the 1985 USFL Draft by the Birmingham Stallions, Jerry Lee Rice was born Oct. 13, 1962, in Crawford, Miss., and played football at BL Moor High School in Crawford, Miss.

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