posted on Oct, 13 2004 @ 01:59 PM
Jerry Rice believes he could be traded by the Oakland Raiders before the Oct. 19 deadline.
Rice, who turns 42 Wednesday, told Sacramento radio station KHTK on Tuesday that his days with Oakland may be numbered, and that he wants to play for
a team that will better utilize his talents.
Speculation surfaced last week about a possible swap with the Detroit Lions.
"When rumors get started like that, something is going on," Rice said. "I don't know how much longer I'll be wearing the silver and black. The thing
is, I know wherever I go, that that team will get something special because I'll give them 100 percent and I'll make plays on the football field to
help that team win."
Michael Lombardi, the Raiders' senior personnel executive, said Tuesday that the Detroit story "was not remotely accurate."
Rice's role with the Raiders has been greatly diminished this season. Through five games, the NFL's career leader in catches and touchdowns has five
receptions for 67 yards and no touchdowns — his receptions are tied for eighth on the team.
Rice has shown his frustration several times already, and admitted last week that the limited role is affecting him.
His NFL record streak of 274 straight games with a catch ended in the second game of the season, a 13-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
"I can't go out this way," Rice said Tuesday. "If some things had been explained to me before the season started, then maybe the situation would be
different now. I want to come back, I want to play next year, and I want to go out the right way. I don't know if I'll be in a Raiders uniform, but
I'll be somewhere on the field doing my thing. ...From what I was told, I'd be a significant part and I'd have opportunities and I'd make plays. This
is a business, man, and you never know.
Rice is in his 20th NFL season, fourth with the Raiders.
"The situation right now, it doesn't look good, and you know something is in the works," he said. "I hope both parties can move on and be happy about
the situation. I just want to play football, I want to enjoy myself and contribute."