Isaac Bruce has always worn number 80 just like Jerry Rice – a retired number in San Francisco.
But Rice has given Bruce permission to wear the jersey number.
“I have always respected Isaac Bruce,” Rice said. “I don’t know what is going to happen in that scenario but if it was left up to me I would say, ‘Yeah.’ For Steve Largent to do what he did for me he showed me a side of him where I just feel like I have to do the same thing. He set the standard. It would be left up to Isaac and myself to sit down and talk or if the 49ers decide to do something like that it is OK with me.”
But it sure will be strange to see anybody besides Rice wear the number.
As always, there’s a lot more in our daily Quick Hits…
Jason Taylor would like the Dolphins to trade him. He wants to play for a contending team – something the Dolphins likely won’t be for some time. Bill Parcells had squashed a story last week that the team was going to deal the future Hall of Famer. Now it appears that JT wants a deal made.
Rumors have been floating around that Larry Fitzgerald might be on the trading block. But league sources say that’s not the case. The Cardinals intend to eventually work out a restructured deal to keep him in his desert home. However, the new contract is less of a priority now that the free agent market is bare.
JaMarcus Russell, the Raiders quarterback, has seen his weight balloon to over 300 pounds since the end of the season, according to rumors.
The Titans have signed guard Jake Scott of the Colts to a four-year deal worth around $5 million annually.
The Titans could also be looking at Warrick Dunn but have yet to set up a meeting.
The Titans met with Justin McCareins, the former Jets WR, but allowed him to leave without a contract.
The Jets have signed free agent running back Jesse Chatman to a one-year deal.
The Dolphins and the Ravens are now both showing an interest in Cowboys’ safety Keith Davis. He will meet with the Dolphins today.
Former Patriots safety Eugene Wilson is nearing a decision on where he intends to play ball in ’08.
Former Bengals WRs coach Hue Jackson, currently the QBs coach in Baltimore, says Chad Johnson did not hit him or head coach Marvin Lewis at halftime of the Bengals’ 2006 Wild Card game.
Greg Aiello, the NFL spokesman, said Sunday that the league is close to reaching an agreement with Matt Walsh, the former Patriots video assistant.
Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson expects to start next season on the Physically Unable to Perform List due to a torn ACL.
The Lions will be spending $10 million over four years for TE Michael Gaines. For their investment, they will using him as a blocking back.
The Lions also agreed on a one-year deal to re-sign OT George Foster.
Broncos restricted free agent DB Dominique Foxworth might be interested in playing for the Jets.
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd’s new deal with the Bears is worth only $645,000, the league minimum.
Jason Elam’s agent disputes reports that his client will retire from the game.