Rice agrees to lucrative five-year deal with ‘Hawks

Veteran WR Sidney Rice joined the Minnesota-to-Seattle exodus Wednesday, agreeing to a five-year, $41 million deal with the Seahawks, according to a league source.

The contract contains $18.5 million guaranteed and, with $3 million in Pro Bowl escalators, can grow to $44 million in total value.

Rice’s deal comes one day after former Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson agreed to a contract with the Seahawks, who also have ex-Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on staff.

Rice, a fifth-year pro, set career highs in receptions (83), yards (1,312) and touchdowns (eight) in 2009 but endured an injury-plagued 2010 season, catching just 17 passes for 280 yards and two TDs while missing 10 games with a hip injury that required major surgery.

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