Vikings Can’t Let WR Rice Get Carried Away with Demands

By Vikings Gab Columnist Brandon Lemke

Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent if and when free agency begins. Rice’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has already said Rice will likely test the market if he has a chance, but I think the Vikings definately need to be aggresive and try to get their star wide receiver back in purple.

Rice had a breakout year in 2009 when he racked up 83 catches for 1,312 yards and 8 touchdowns. He was one of ten Vikings to be selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009 as well.

Rice was sidelined for most of the 2010 season recovering from his hip surgery, but played a great game against the Buffalo Bills week 13 where he caught 5 passes for 105 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. Did I mention Tarvaris Jackson was the guy throwing to him that game, not Favre?

Although the Bills game was Rice’s only standout game in 2010, he has still proven himself to be a capable receiver. Many people called Rice a “one year wonder” in 2009. I say that is complete hogwash. Rice has incredible hands, and it seems the hip surgery isn’t slowing him down a bit. He did not have a lot of opportunities in 2010, and a lot of people tend to forget or ignore that.

Sidney Rice is a top 10 receiver when healthy, and is only 24 years old. He has many years left in this league, and it would be a shame to see him play those years somewhere else.

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