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CJM
03-27-01, 05:58 PM
http://espn.go.com/nfl/news/2001/0327/1162773.html

SAN FRANCISCO If the rumblings prove true, Jerry Rice could be moving north. To Seattle.


Rice, whose 16-year career with the San Francisco 49ers is scheduled to end with his release on June 1, visited the Seahawks last Friday, met with coach Mike Holmgren and underwent the team's physical examination, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Rice, who passed the exam, has taken no other physicals for other teams, nor is he scheduled for any others, the newspaper said. The Cleveland Browns have spoken with him and his agent, Jim Steiner. And while the Detroit Lions say they're interested, they haven't followed through yet.

Oakland has come up in rumors, too. That might be Rice's dream, to remain in the Bay Area, but a Raiders source told the Chronicle that there's virtually no chance of that happening. Seattle looks like a fit for several reasons. Holmgren released his starting veteran wideouts, Sean Dawkins and Derrick Mayes, and is left with three players of two years of experience or less -- Darrell Jackson, James Williams and Karsten Bailey. Rice got along well with Holmgren when he was the 49ers' offensive coordinator, and the Seahawks operate a West Coast offense similar to what the 49ers use.

Rice did not talk about a contract on his visit to Seattle, because the NFL won't permit that until after the 49ers release him. Still, the Seahawks have room available under the salary cap, and Holmgren says he plans to sign at least one and perhaps two veterans at wide receiver.

"(Rice) would be good for us for a year or two," Holmgren told the Chronicle.

Steiner said Rice, who will turn 39 in October, wants to play two more years. That would permit him to put more distance between himself and his pursuers in the record books. If he joined the Seahawks, it would also probably allow him to play two games against the 49ers in the 2002 season following the NFL's realignment.

Rice caught 75 passes last season for the 49ers, including seven for touchdowns. He is 29 touchdowns ahead of Emmitt Smith on the all-time list, and needs 13 more to reach 200 for his career. Rice is 261 catches ahead of second-place Cris Carter and 6,285 receiving yards ahead of Carter, who is second among active players. Under his contract with the 49ers, Rice was scheduled to earn $2.5 million this season, including a $1 million roster bonus due June 2. He likely will have to accept less from a new team. The Browns are in position to pay the most money, but Steiner said money would not be the only issue.

Because of the two knee surgeries he endured in 1997, Rice would prefer to finish his career on a grass field. Seattle's field is not grass, but its new strain of soft, artificial turf won rave reviews last year.

I don't want to see Jerry Rice in another uniform.Especially Seattle!

PettittesPrincess
03-27-01, 09:45 PM
Jerry Rice needs to just hang up his cleats. He's turned into a real ass.

Up-State
03-27-01, 09:59 PM
No way! He still can be a great weapon on the feild. How would you like to have Jerry Rice as your thrid wide out? He has definately lost a step(or more!), but he still has the best hands in the game. If what ever team that grabs him can convince him to be just a "specialty" reeciever, such as a thrid down reciever or a red zone reciever he could be extremely danagerous again. If the raiders pick him up, i think they are instantly the team that has the best chance to make the super bowl. The raiders would have an unmatched offense. Tim Brown, Ty Wheatley, Gannon, that kicker(what ever his name is), and Jerry Rice. Their guaranted 3 points every time they get into the redzone.

PettittesPrincess
03-27-01, 10:31 PM
He is past his prime- he needs to retire.

CJM
03-27-01, 11:56 PM
Well I don't know where you're coming from with the ass comment.

As for him having lost a step,Jerry Rice a step slower is better than 99% of the receivers ever to play.He caught 75 passes and 7 touchdowns as a 2nd or 3rd option,at 38 years old no less.

orangemom
03-28-01, 10:32 AM
Jerry Rice is as good as they come. I don't especially like Seattle, but I just enjoy watching him play, regardless of the uniform he's wearing. Can't figure out that ass comment myself, either.

PettittesPrincess
03-29-01, 02:24 PM
It's just my opinion that he turned into a real jerk, he isn't the only wide reciever in football anymore; he thinks he is bigger than the game and I dont like that.

Up-State
03-29-01, 03:32 PM
No, he's not the only reciever in the game, he's the best of all time. So the guy acted a little outa charcter when he started to get overlooked in the 49ers passing game. The man has been the best player in the game and now he suddenly has to ASK to get the ball. Athletes are very funny when they have to deal with change...they don't allways deal with it in a good way. But Rice has appologized for his behavior(complaining about his role on the team to the media, instead of talking to the 49ers). Now Rice wants to continue his career but the 49ers can't afford to keep him because of salary restraints, so Rice will play and produce somewhere else.

Its just buisness Pettittes Princess, eventually Rice will retire one day, and he will wear a 49ers uniform to the Hall of Fame. This is how things are done in Sports. Players play...Coaches coach...Owners own...and Fans cheer.

MrJack
03-29-01, 06:11 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing Jerry Rice in a Jets uniform for a year or two.

Eddie160
03-31-01, 11:31 PM
not only has seattle talked to him but the Cleaveland Browns are interested as well. it will be strange seeing him in another uniform but it's going to happen because he still got a year or two left in him.