That speculation had not been running rampant by any means but both individuals officially erased any uncertainty regarding that question. According to his agent, Rice signed a six-year, $30 million extension while Brown signed virtually an identical extension according to Monday's San Francisco Chronicle.
Therefore, the NFL's oldest receiving tandem will play together for at least another season or until they are no longer salary cap friendly relevant to their performance. Rice's deal is designed to help on cap savings by being heavily backloaded.
The 40-year old Rice showed little, if any, decline last season despite advancing age. Rice, who was released by San Francisco after the 2000 season, recorded his best season since 1996. He led the Raiders in receiving yards (1,211) and receptions (92).
The 36-year old Brown recorded 81 catches for 930 yards and two touchdowns. His best game in 2002 was a 13-catch, 144-yard performance against Kansas City.
Rice's previous contract ran through the 2004 season and was to pay him $1. 2 million in base salary in 2003. Brown's former deal also ran through 2004 but with a base salary of $6 million for this season, and a cap figure of $7.63 million.
The Raiders released six players last week and renegotiated several other contracts. Oakland is now roughly $6 million under the NFL's mandated $75 million salary-cap.
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