The Seattle Seahawks made another move that's been expected since free agency began, reportedly agreeing to terms with former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice. In Seattle, Rice would be reunited with Tarvaris Jackson, who is also a former Viking, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who held the same position in Minnesota. At this point, it appears as though the coaching staff is calling the shots and picking out free agents who can best fit the scheme Bevell is trying to implement.
According to Jay Glazer, the Seahawks and Rice have agreed to a five-year deal.
The seahawks have agreed to a 5 year deal with wr sidney rice. Still not signed but 2 sides have agreed to terms
Rice would be able to sign the contract on Friday, the first day free agents can actually ink deals. Thus far, the Seahawks have made a big splash in free agency, reportedly locking up Jackson, offensive guard Robert Gallery and now Rice. The three could become important pieces on the offensive side of the ball, at least in the immediate future.
With Rice in the mix, the Seahawks would have a legitimate downfield target that should be able to stretch the defense. The only question mark with Rice is his hip, an injury that plagued the explosive playmaker in 2010. If healthy, though, Rice has the ability to alter the Seahawks offense for the better, combining with Mike Williams to form a formidable tandem on the outside.
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