The Seattle Seahawks made their big splash in free agency on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice. According to multiple reports, the Seahawks and Rice came together and agreed on a contract after negotiating over the first two days of free agency. At the time, we knew the deal was five years, but didn't know the terms of the contract or how much he may make over the life of the deal.
Shortly after Jay Glazer broke the news of Rice's agreement with the Seahawks, Pro Football Talk filled in the details. Rice will make $41 million over the course of the deal, and escalator clauses are involved.
UPDATE: A league source tells PFT that the contract is worth $41 million, with $18.5 million guaranteed. The deal also includes $3 million in escalators tied to Pro Bowl berths.
The reported agreement is a risk: Rice's hips don't inspire confidence and have the potential to be a nagging issue. But Rice is only 24, and possesses the speed and size to be a game-breaker in the Seahawks passing game. With Mike Williams on one side of the field and Rice on the other, the Seahawks have two large targets to help take some of the burden off new quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.
In all, it's hard not be excited about the deal. Rice brings a big play element the Seahawks offense has been missing and should make the team better both now and in the future.