View Full Version : looks like rice got his 1 year

05-25-2005, 12:54 PM
The legendary career of Jerry Rice, certainly the greatest wide receiver of all-time and a man some feel is the best player in history, apparently will continue for one more season.

Jerry Rice
Wide Receiver

Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
30 429 3 14.3 56 95

Rice on Wednesday agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos, where he is expected to vie for a spot as the team's No. 4 wideout. The financial details of the deal were not immediately available but it is believed that Rice will play at or near the NFL minimum base salary for a player of his tenure.

The decision to prolong his career came after Rice spent much of Tuesday deliberating the merits of joining his third different team in two years.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said last week that, when he made his sales pitch to Rice by phone, he made no guarantees about a roster spot. The inference is that Rice will have to earn a niche as a backup receiver. The Denver starters are Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie, with second-year veteran Darius Watts as the No. 3 wideout.

Over the 10 seasons in which Shanahan has been head coach, the No. 4 wide receivers in Denver have averaged just 6.6 catches. The third wide receiver spot, a longtime problem area for the Broncos, has averaged only 19.2 catches in that stretch.

Rice, 42, holds every significant league receiving record. He has 1,549 receptions for 22,895 yards and 197 touchdowns. He posted 100 or more catches in four seasons and had 1,000 or more yards 14 times. Splitting time in 2004 between the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, Rice had 30 catches for 429 yards and three touchdowns.

Earlier this offseason, Rice approached the San Francisco 49ers about returning to the franchise with which he began his career in 1985, but first-year head coach Mike Nolan respectively rebuffed those overtures. Last week, agent Jim Steiner faxed all 32 teams, apprising them of Rice's desire to play one more season.

05-25-2005, 01:07 PM
Good for him!!!!!!!!! I just might have to pull for the Bronco's this year! I am truly miffed at the Niners coach for not letting him return to the team for one year so he could retire a Niner. That STINKS, IMO!! Mike Nolan can jump off the Golden Gate bridge for all I care!! :mad:

05-26-2005, 06:43 AM
Rice could have renegotiated his deal before he left the niners. I like Rice, but if I were a future HOF player I would not want to part of the current 49er team.

05-26-2005, 08:21 AM
JR played for the Niners during their heyday! Every team will go through rebuilding issues at some point in time! Why wouldn't he want to retire with the team he spent the majority of his career with? Why do you think E. Smith went back to the lowly girls for one year? Just so he could retire a Cowboy! JR would not have contacted the Niners in hopes of playing for them one more year if he was concerned about their current record. I believe he truly left his heart in SF!!! :)

05-26-2005, 08:45 AM
Emmitt's and Jerry's cases are a bit different. Emmitt did sign that contract so he could retire a Cowboy. He never intends to play for them though but he will officially retire a Cowboy.

Jerry I guess is saying this is his last year. I would have liked to have seen him go out with the Niners myself. Who knows but he may do just what Emmitt did anyway and sign that "retirement" contract with them when he is done playing. I wouldn't be surprised.

I wish I could think of other players that had done that because there have been some that did retire with their original team even though they retired from the NFL.

Anyway good luck Jerry. Class guy and incomparable player.