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Confirmed: WR Sidney Rice headed to Seattle

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with Minnesota Vikings free agent receiver Sidney Rice.

UPDATE: A league source confirms the Seahawks have indeed agreed to terms with Rice.

The deal is not official until Rice signs his contract on Friday.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Glazer reports it is a five-year deal.

UPDATE: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's a five-year, $$44 million deal with $18.5 million guaranteed.

This is a major get for an organization looking to continue to change the culture at the team's Renton headquarters. Rice, 24, was considered one of the top free agent receivers on the market.

Rice now lines up as Seattle's starting flanker opposite Mike Williams at split end, with Ben Obomanu as the Seahawks' slot receiver, giving Seattle one of the better three-receiver sets in the NFC West.

Rice also reunites with former Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, giving the free agent signal caller a target he has a rapport with. Also helping Seattle had to be Rice's connection with former Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, now serving in that same job with Seattle.

With Rice and Williams on the outside, that should help keep defenses honest, creating some running lanes for Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Leon Washington.

Overall, the arrival of Rice will make Seattle a more explosive offense.