Rice, who turns 42 Wednesday, told Sacramento radio station KHTK
on Tuesday that his days with Oakland may be numbered, and that he
wants to play for a team that will better utilize his talents.
Speculation surfaced last week about a possible swap with the
"When rumors get started like that, something is going on,"
Rice said. "I don't know how much longer I'll be wearing the
silver and black. The thing is, I know wherever I go, that that
team will get something special because I'll give them 100 percent
and I'll make plays on the football field to help that team win."
Michael Lombardi, the Raiders' senior personnel executive, said
Tuesday that the Detroit story "was not remotely accurate."
A call to Rice's agent, Jim Steiner, was not immediately
returned Tuesday afternoon.
Rice's role with the Raiders has been greatly diminished this
season. Through five games, the NFL's career leader in catches and
touchdowns has five receptions for 67 yards and no touchdowns -- his
receptions are tied for eighth on the team.
Rice has shown his frustration several times already, and
admitted last week that the limited role is affecting him.
His NFL record streak of 274 straight games with a catch ended
in the second game of the season, a 13-10 victory over the Buffalo
Bills. Two Sundays ago in Houston, Rice didn't make a catch until
hauling in an 18-yard pass from Kerry Collins with 2:33 left on a
By the time Rice made his catch, Collins had completed 20 passes
to nine other receivers.
"I can't go out this way," Rice said Tuesday. "If some things
had been explained to me before the season started, then maybe the
situation would be different now. I want to come back, I want to
play next year, and I want to go out the right way. I don't know if
I'll be in a Raiders uniform, but I'll be somewhere on the field
doing my thing. ... From what I was told, I'd be a significant part
and I'd have opportunities and I'd make plays. This is a business,
man, and you never know.
Rice is in his 20th NFL season, fourth with the Raiders.
"The situation right now, it doesn't look good, and you know
something is in the works," he said. "I hope both parties can
move on and be happy about the situation. I just want to play
football, I want to enjoy myself and contribute."
Coach Norv Turner was asked about Rice again during his Monday
media session, and reiterated that many receivers will play
significant roles this season.
"He didn't have as many snaps yesterday as he had in the
earlier games," Turner said. "We've had situations where he's
been open and the ball's been thrown to someone else, and again,
it's a different offense, a different style of offense. We have a
lot of new people playing. It's hard to give you one reason he
hasn't been as involved as he's been in the past."