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Rice receives five-year deal from Seahawks

Donovan McNabb will have to re-work his $78 million deal to become the Vikings QB. Donovan McNabb will have to re-work his $78 million deal to become the Vikings QB. (File/Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 28, 2011

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Sidney Rice is headed west to join former Vikings teammate Tarvaris Jackson with the Seahawks.

A person with knowledge of the situation told the AP yesterday that Rice has agreed to terms with Seattle. Foxsports.com first reported Rice’s five-year deal with the Seahawks.

Rice is coming off an injury-plagued 2010 season in which he missed the first 10 games, played in just six games, and caught only 17 passes. A year earlier, Rice was among the top receivers in the NFL after catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.

The team also agreed to terms on a three-year pact with guard Robert Gallery, formerly of the Raiders.

McNabb to Vikings? The Vikings and Redskins are in trade discussions that would bring quarterback Donovan McNabb to Minnesota.

A person with knowledge of the discussions said no deal has been completed, but that both sides were working to make it happen. The person requested anonymity because the deal was still being negotiated.

McNabb would have to agree to restructure the five-year, $78 million deal he signed with the Redskins because the Vikings don’t have enough cap room to fit him in with the way the deal is currently structured.

McNabb would give the Vikings a veteran quarterback while they groom first-round draft pick Christian Ponder, who was drafted 12th overall out of Florida State in April to be the team’s long-term answer at the position. The original preference for coach Leslie Frazier was to have Ponder start Week 1 in San Diego, with a veteran backup there just in case.

Kolb in limbo Whatever the Cardinals are doing in their pursuit of Kevin Kolb or any other QB, they are keeping it to themselves. While other quarterbacks in the NFL found new homes, Kolb remained the property of the Eagles, although there were persistent reports the team eventually would send Michael Vick’s backup to the Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick.

McDonald a 49er The 49ers reached agreement on a five-year contract with defensive lineman Ray McDonald. McDonald was high on new general manager Trent Baalke’s list of players to bring back for 2011 and beyond. He could become a starter at defensive end depending on how the roster shakes out. QB Alex Smith is expected to sign a one-year deal with San Francisco that should be announced tomorrow. Coach Jim Harbaugh has said Smith is the leading candidate to be his starter. Undrafted free agent rookie Jeremiah Masoli is making the move to running back with the 49ers after playing QB at Oregon and Mississippi . . . Receiver Steve Breaston will not re-sign with the Cardinals. He caught 187 passes for 2,528 yards over the last four seasons in Arizona . . . Kicker Ryan Longwell confirmed via text message that he agreed to terms on a four-year contract to return to the Vikings.

Panthers keep busy In perhaps the wildest day of transactions in Panthers history, running back DeAngelo Williams, the team’s all-time leading rusher, and linebackers James Anderson and Thomas Davis all agreed to five-year contracts. Carolina also agreed to terms with seven free agents, including kicker Olindo Mare, defensive tackle Ron Edwards, tight end Ben Hartsock, fullback Rick Brockel, and defensive backs Cletis Gordan, Devon Hall, and Kevin Payne. The addition of Mare signals the end of the John Kasay era. Carolina today is expected to release the only player remaining from the 1995 expansion team . . . The Redskins added to their quickly growing stockpile of receivers by acquiring Jabar Gaffney from the Broncos in exchange for defensive end Jeremy Jarmon. Gaffney, 30, has 375 receptions over nine seasons with the Texans, Patriots, and Broncos. The Redskins also signed defensive tackle Barry Cofield to a six-year, $36 million deal. Cofield essentially replaces Albert Haynesworth, who is expected to be cut or traded.

Saints sign Moore Drew Brees wanted Lance Moore back with the Saints’ receiving corps and got his wish. Moore and New Orleans agreed on a five-year contract. “Drew is a huge factor in my decision-making,’’ Moore told WWL-AM . . . ESPN is reporting that free agent receiver Plaxico Burress will meet with Giants coach Tom Coughlin tomorrow night and fly to Pittsburgh to meet with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin Saturday. Burress served a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to weapons charges. He has previously played for the Steelers and Giants . . . The Eagles agreed to terms with eight of their 11 draft picks. All but first-round pick Danny Watkins and a pair of seventh-round picks, Greg Lloyd and Stanley Havili, agreed. Watkins, 26, was the oldest player selected in the first round since 1980. He’s projected to start on the offensive line. Among those who agreed are defensive backs Jaiquawn Jarrett and Curtis Marsh, linebackers Casey Matthews and Brian Rolle, offensive linemen Julian Vandervelde and Jason Kelce, kicker Alex Henery, and running back Dion Lewis.

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