The trade will be finalized after Rice undergoes a physical and
the league gives its approval. The Raiders received a conditional seventh-round draft choice for Rice, ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reported.
Earlier in the day, ESPN.com learned through several Oakland players that Rice bade farewell to his Raiders teammates, telling them he expected to be shipped to the Seahawks. In fact, Rice even autographed some of his used football cleats for younger teammates and signed some jerseys as well.
"He basically said, 'Hey, I'm out of here,' and wished us good luck for the rest of the season," said one player.
"Yeah, we knew," fullback Zack Crockett, one of Rice's longtime friends, told The AP in a phone interview. "Right now, everything is so fresh. This is a real sad day. You lose a lot of close friends as well. We'll definitely miss him."
Rice asked for a trade last week as his role on the Raiders
diminished. Earlier Monday, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said the
team was looking into a possible deal.
"I would think it would give any team a boost, but really it's
up to the Raiders," Holmgren said. "It's really their call."
The Seahawks, who had not made any announcement Monday night, will owe Rice the remainder of his $1.35 million base salary this
Rice, who is 42, wanted to play for a team that will give
him a greater role. He has gone without a catch three times this
season, including in Sunday's 31-3 loss to Denver, but still
believes he can be productive.
Rice seemed incredibly conflicted after Sunday's game,
alternately talking in the past, present and future tenses about
his three-plus seasons with the Raiders. He spoke about what he
could do to help turn around Oakland's 2-4 start, but also
expressed his appreciation for 20 years of support from Bay Area
Rice realizes the Raiders are focused on developing their young
receivers: Jerry Porter, Ronald Curry, Doug Gabriel and Alvis Whitted.
Seattle was a logical destination for Rice because he knows
Holmgren's offense and the Seahawks might need a depth receiver.
Holmgren was Rice's offensive coordinator 1989-1991 with
the San Francisco 49ers, and Holmgren was the Niners' quarterbacks
coach starting in Rice's second season with the team in 1986.
"They know each other, and Mike was interested in Jerry before
he signed with the Raiders," Rice's agent, Jim Steiner, said
Monday afternoon. "He will know the offense if that's where he
ends up, and he'll fit right in."
Rice is the NFL's career leader in catches and touchdowns and
the only receiver ever to play after age 40. He has only five
receptions for 67 yards and no touchdowns this year. Last season,
he led the Raiders in catches (63) and yards receiving (869).
He claimed the Raiders never told him to expect a diminished
role, and he would embrace the chance to play elsewhere because he
"can't go out this way." He said earlier this year that this
would be his last season, but backtracked later.
Rice left the Raiders' facility early Monday afternoon to handle
"Nothing," Rice said of any developments. "My day is done.
I'm going home to take care of some kids."
In one dramatic day, the last of Oakland's old guard was swept
away. Earlier, injured quarterback Rich Gannon announced he won't
return to the field for the Raiders this season because of a broken
vertebra in his neck.
Gannon acknowledged that with longtime receiver Tim Brown already gone and Rice virtually out the door -- and his own football
future uncertain -- this could mark the end of a special era for the
Silver and Black.
"You could look at it that way," Gannon said. "Obviously,
when you hire a new coach, there are some changes. I want to think
of it as a beginning of an era."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.