The winners of the Sidney Rice sweepstakes are the Seattle Seahawks.
Rice, the Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver, agreed to terms with the Seahawks on the second day on which free agents could negotiate with teams.
The Seahawks also added offensive lineman Robert Gallery on Wednesday.
Rice reportedly will get a five-year, $41 million deal from the Seahawks, although the identity of the guy who’ll be flinging the ball to him remains uncertain. (The identity of his QB in Minnesota is obvious, at least early in the season. Perhaps watching film of The Passes of Donovan McNabb factored into his decision.) His Minnesota teammate, Tarvaris Jackson, agreed to a deal with the Seahawks earlier in the week and will compete with Charlie Whitehurst for the starting job.
After a breakout season in 2009, when he had 1,312 yards receiving and eight touchdown passes, Rice had hip surgery last August. He missed the first nine games and caught 17 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns when he returned.