In Seattle, the world’s worst quarterback competition will take place in August. In one corner, Tarvaris Jackson. In the other corner, Charlie Whitehurst. Matt Leinart was going to make it a royal rumble but decided he’d be better off serving as a backup in Houston.
But Jackson could have a special advantage in that signal-calling duel, because he’ll be reunited with one of his favorite receivers from his days in Minnesota. Sidney Rice and the Seahawks have agreed to a five-year, $41 million contract with $18.5 million guaranteed, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.
Both guys played for Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell when Bevell was in Minnesota, so it’s safe to say that Pete Carroll isn’t the only all-star recruiter on that Seattle coaching staff.
The Seahawks reportedly won a bidding war with the Vikings for Rice, which isn’t necessarily a good sign. The last two receivers the Seahawks and Vikes fought over: Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Hmmm. Throw in their 2006 acquisition of Deion Branch and it’s also safe to say that the ‘Hawks have failed miserably with veteran receivers.
But this is a new regime. Rice is only 24 years old, and while a hip injury pretty much demolished his 2010 season, he was a Pro Bowler in ’09. He’s 6-4, 200 pounds, which is scary opposite big Mike Williams. The price was steep, but the Seahawks clearly improved their offense by adding the best free agent receiver left in the pool.
GLS MOVE RATING: 7.5/10