The rumors are true.
ESPN.com and FoxSports.com have confirmed that the Seattle Seahawks have acquired WR Jerry Rice, the finest wide receiver in the history of the National Football League, from the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round pick. The pick will be based on playing-time incentives for Rice. With Koren Robinson reportedly to serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and Bobby Engram possibly looking at bench time with a sore ankle, Rice may see action in Seattle sooner than later. Although the 42-year-old Rice had been underutilized in Oakland coach Norv Turner's vertical offense, he led the Raiders in catches (63) and yards receiving (869) in 2003 when involved in Bill Callahan's West Coast Offense.
Rice will be reunited with Mike Holmgren, one of the most revered purveyors of the WCO, and Rice's offensive coordinator in San Francisco from 1989-1991.
Rice has seen limited action in Oakland this year, but he'll likely pull double duty in Seahawk blue - as an integral part of the offense and as the ultimate mentor to Robinson, Engram, Darrell Jackson and the rest of the Seahawks' young, talented, but sometimes immature receiving corps. Famous for his brutal conditioning regimen and unmatched work ethic, Rice will be a great influence in the Emerald City.
The world has never seen another receiver like Jerry Rice, and it's quite possible that his equal will never exist again. In his 20-year career, the Mississippi Valley State graduate has set so many records, it's almost easier to list the marks he doesn't hold. But here are a few of the regular-season numbers (Rice also holds just about every postseason and Super Bowl receiving record possible):
Most Pass Receptions, Career:
Most Seasons, 50 or More Pass Receptions: 17
Most Consecutive Games, Pass Receptions: 274
Most Yards Gained, Career: 22,533
Most Seasons, 1,000 or More Yards, Pass Receiving: 14
Most Yards Gained, Season: 1,848
Most Games, 100 or More Yards Pass Receiving, Career 75
Most Touchdowns, Career: 194
Most Touchdowns, Receiving, Season: 22
Most Touchdowns, Receiving, Game: 5
Most Consecutive Games, Touchdowns: 13
The Seahawks are betting
that Rice still has something in the tank, and something to prove to those who
see him as a man with nothing left to give.
Doug Farrar is the Editor-in-Chief of Seahawks.NET. Feel free to e-mail him at email@example.com.