posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 09:23 AM
jerry rice has been traded to the seattle seahawks, reports on local radio has the hawks sending a conditional 7th round draft pick to the raiders,
the hawks receivers are a mess, all the talent in the world and none of the guts, hopefully jerry will help with that problem
Rice will get fresh start with Seahawks
By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer
October 19, 2004
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Jerry Rice is leaving the Bay Area, where he quickly developed into the greatest receiver in NFL history with a relentless
work ethic that still defines him today.
Disgruntled for weeks at a lack of playing time for the struggling Oakland Raiders, Rice got his wish Monday when they traded him to a contender: the
Seattle Seahawks. The move reunites him with Seattle coach Mike Holmgren, Rice's former offensive coordinator in San Francisco.
The trade will be finalized after Rice undergoes a physical and the league gives its approval. An NFL source, speaking to The AP on the condition of
anonymity, said the Raiders expected to receive a conditional seventh-round draft pick in return for Rice but the final details were still being
worked out between the teams.
The Seahawks, who had not made any announcement Monday night, will owe Rice the remainder of his $1.35 million base salary this season.
The 42-year-old Rice, in his 20th NFL season, said goodbye to his teammates Monday, even signing autographs for some before leaving. A trophy and his
belongings remained in his locker.
``Yeah, we knew,'' fullback Zack Crockett, one of Rice's longtime friends, told The AP in a phone interview. ``Right now, everything is so fresh. This
is a real sad day. You lose a lot of close friends as well. We'll definitely miss him.''
In one dramatic day, the last of the Oakland's old guard was swept away. Earlier, injured quarterback Rich Gannon announced he won't return to the
field for the Raiders this season because of a broken vertebra in his neck.
Gannon acknowledged that with longtime receiver Tim Brown already gone and Rice virtually out the door -- and his own football future uncertain --
this could mark the end of a special era for the Silver and Black.
``You could look at it that way,'' Gannon said. ``Obviously, when you hire a new coach there are some changes. I want to think of it as a beginning of
Rice asked last week to be traded before Tuesday's deadline because he knew his role the rest of the season would continue to be minimal in new coach
Norv Turner's offense. Earlier Monday, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said the team was looking into a possible deal.
``I would think it would give any team a boost, but really it's up to the Raiders,'' Holmgren said. ``It's really their call.''
Holmgren was Rice's offensive coordinator from 1989-91 with the 49ers, and Holmgren was San Francisco's quarterbacks coach starting in Rice's second
season with the team in 1986.
Seattle was a logical destination for Rice because he knows Holmgren's offense and Seahawks could use some help at receiver.
Rice wanted to play for a team that will give him a greater role, and Holmgren has agreed to provide him with a fresh start. Rice has gone without a
catch in three of five games this season, including Sunday's 31-3 loss to Denver when he didn't even get a pass thrown his way. His record receptions
streak ended at 274 in Week 2 against Buffalo.
Rice seemed incredibly conflicted after Sunday's game, alternately talking in the past, present and future tenses about his three-plus seasons with
the Raiders. He spoke about what he could do to help turn around Oakland's 2-4 start, but also expressed his appreciation for 20 years of support from
Bay Area fans.
Rice realizes the Raiders are focused on developing their young receivers: Jerry Porter, Ronald Curry, Doug Gabriel and Alvis Whitted.
But Rice still believes he can be productive.
``They know each other, and Mike was interested in Jerry before he signed with the Raiders,'' Rice's agent, Jim Steiner, said Monday afternoon. ``He
will know the offense if that's where he ends up, and he'll fit right in.''
Rice is the NFL's career leader in catches and touchdowns and the only receiver ever to play after age 40. He has only five receptions for 67 yards
and no touchdowns this year. Last season, he led the Raiders in catches (63) and yards receiving (869).
He claimed the Raiders never told him to expect a diminished role, and he would embrace the chance to play elsewhere because he ``can't go out this
way.'' He said earlier this year that this would be his last season, but backtracked later.
Rice left the Raiders' facility early Monday afternoon to handle family responsibilities.
``Nothing,'' Rice said of any developments. ``My day is done. I'm going home to take care of some kids