Rice to Detroit Rumors Heating Up

Reports of Rice's pending exit, along with rumors as Detroit as a potential landing spot, have been well-publicized.

Reports of legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice's pending exit from Oakland have been well-publicized, and usually packaged with rumors that Detroit is a potential landing spot for the aging veteran.

ESPN is the most recent news organization to point towards Detroit, and after Sunday's debacle against Green Bay, it might hold merit.

Throughout the course of the season, Rice, 42, has made his unhappiness in Oakland public, resulting in a wave of rumors.

With his age a concern, Oakland will likely just deal Rice, who led the Raiders in receiving last year, collecting 63 receptions for 689 yards and two touchdowns.

Last week, Detroit garnered heavy notice as a possible suitor. Although both Oakland and Detroit denied any interest at the time, the Lions' need for offensive assistance -- and Oakland's need to rid of Rice -- might just formulate a match.

Rice has history with Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci, who coached the future Hall of Famer while in San Francisco. The two remain good friends. Furthermore, Rice is a West Coast offense veteran, and could be a welcomed sight for struggling quarterback Joey Harrington. The thought of Rice tutoring youthful receivers Roy Williams and Charles Rogers is also an enticing subplot.

Neither team has commented any further on a possible deal, but the Raiders recently gave Rice permission to seek a trade. Any trade scenario, however, must be completed by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

Whether or not the Lions would provide much to collect a player likely on his last legs -- and likely in his last season -- remains to be seen.

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