Vikings can’t use transition tag on Sidney Rice

With the Vikings using the franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway, speculation has centered on the team applying a transition tag to receiver Sidney Rice.

The only problem?  The Vikings can’t use it on Rice.

A league source recently explained to us that the extra transition tag under the rules of the uncapped year may be applied only to a player with six years of service.  Rice has only four.

There’s still no guarantee an extra transition tag will be available under the next CBA, or under any rules that are unilaterally applied by the league due to decertification or a declaration or impasse.

In a capped year, teams may use only one franchise tag or one transition tag, but not both.

The transition tag has limited value, in any event.  It provides only an opportunity to match an offer sheet that the player signs with a new team, but no compensation if the offer isn’t matched.

UPDATE:  Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune makes a great point on Twitter.  Rice may be a restricted free agent, given that he has only four years of service.  Indeed, don’t be shocked if the Vikings apply a restricted free agency tender to any potential free agents with fewer than six years of service.

29 responses to “Vikings can’t use transition tag on Sidney Rice

  1. Please, PLEASE stop !!!!

    The Vikings were only relevent for just the short time that Lord Favre reigned over Minnesota and gave the pathetic frozen Twin Tundra’s wasteland a hope and energy they hadn’t seen in decades.
    Now that Lord Favre has shown the pathetic Vikings and wasteland state what a winner is, the league can now go back to treating the Vikings what they truely are……. the irrelevent yet comical lil doormats of the NFL.

  2. Doormats of the NFL? You truly are an idiot sir. Whether you like the Vikings or not, calling them that just shows how football challenged you are.

  3. Dear coach Davis would you please sign Sydney Rice so we can finally have a receiver that can catch the ball to go with Chaz, Murphy and jacoby.

    Sign
    ex Bengal receiers coach.

  4. @iknowfootballandyoudont

    See, this highlights the two things that worry me about people that hate the Minnesota Vikings.

    1) The fact that they’re allowed to vote
    2) The fact that they’re allowed to reproduce

  5. Love and hate are very similar. So if you like putting together liitle retarded comments about a team you love to hate, you still do love them. As much as I love the vikes, I also like cheering against pack and bears.

  6. Sidney still has a lot to prove. A lot of FA recievers out there…I don’t think there are many teams who would commit big dollars to him. Do you?

  7. Stop hating udntknowfootball dnt be mad Kuz da site owner is a Viking fan keep hatng well win a SB before you know it then all yall packers fan n anti Viking Kan shut da fuk up until den keep riding on Mrs rodger Dick lol

  8. Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune makes a great point on Twitter. Rice may be a restricted free agent, given that he has only four years of service. Indeed, don’t be shocked if the Vikings apply a restricted free agency tender to any potential free agents with fewer than six years of service
    ______________________
    And then what happens after the players laugh and remind them that a RFA tender doesn’t apply to them? The language in the old CBA very clearly stated that the required years to become an UFA went from 4 to 6 seasons only in the uncapped year.As of 12:01 am March 4th, that year comes to an end. The only way they could successfully limit these players to RFA is if the new CBA alters the number of years required to be an UFA, if an impasse is declared and that change is part of the “last best offer”, or if the union is forced to decertify and the league makes such a rule affecting free agency that applies to all players and teams. The problem with this scenario is that the league is already trying to get an additional $1 billion in revenue off the top and they’d really like to extend the season. They need to focus on what’s most important to them. Trying to push for additional changes that could only serve to anger the union would only make coming to an agreement even more difficult. In the case of an impasse, a judge might not accept the notion that the league’s “last best offer” included yet another previously unrequested concession. In the case of a lockout and decertification, the issue would also go before one or more judges. Making a league wide rule that would further weaken the freedom of the players would seriously risk a major anti-trust finding against the league. Seeing as how there’s case history already for this issue with the old USFL case, that can’t be a rock they want to turn over.

  9. Oh please…..

    The Vikings are top-5 in franchise winning percentage and playoff appearances since the merger. In case you aren’t aware, the top three teams in regards to the longest periods of irrelevance are the Cardinals, Lions, and (drumroll please…) the Packers. Ironically, it was the arrival of Favre that actually made the Packers relevant again…..

    Sorry, but you need to change your tag.

  10. iknowfootballandyoudont says:
    Feb 21, 2011 10:38 PM
    Please, PLEASE stop !!!!

    The Vikings were only relevent for just the short time that Lord Favre reigned over Minnesota and gave the pathetic frozen Twin Tundra’s wasteland a hope and energy they hadn’t seen in decades.
    Now that Lord Favre has shown the pathetic Vikings and wasteland state what a winner is, the league can now go back to treating the Vikings what they truely are……. the irrelevent yet comical lil doormats of the NFL.
    ——————————
    I have a simple solution for you. Don’t read articles on the Vikings. Since you are implying you don’t like hearing about them then don’t read about them.

    By the way they finished one year in last place. One! They made the playoffs without Favre many years. So don’t act like Favre is the only reason why they were there again.

  11. the Vikings Playoff appearances (26)
    NFL: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009

    they have made to the NFC championship 3 times since 98′, decades? I think not!!

  12. Yeah, our team is in bad shape, but why all the hate for Vikings fans? Maybe because we don’t paint our houses green and yellow, name our children brett, and tattoo 4’s all over our bodies?

    Get over yourselves.

  13. drstrangelust says:
    Feb 22, 2011 8:43 AM
    Vikings have the 2nd best NFC winning percentage and the 5th best NFL winning percentage since the merger. So suck it!
    ________________________________

    Does that help them win superbowls?

  14. shaggytool….

    We’re discussing the ascertation that the Vikings are continual doormats and irrelevant. Since the original poster concluded that the Vikings were relevant with Favre at QB, we can infer that being in contention for the SB is his definition of relevance, not winning it. By that definition, the franchise’s winning percentage and playoff appearances are very much an indication of how “relevant” a team is.

    Of course, to a true football fan who would rather see his own team win a game than the opponent lose it, any team that plays their collective hearts out is relevant. Just saying….

  15. Sid had 1 good year and a few too many injuries. If he wants to leave let him. I just couldn’t see the Wilfs paying him a big money long term contract on one year of good play. If he was a true team player he would of had his surgury in the off season. Personally I want a rival to take him and have him soak up their salary.

  16. @doublefatnasty

    Cmon man, I assume you are a Vikes fan and so you saw what he brought post injury this season when he wasn’t even 100% yet. If there is anyway to resign the guy we have to do it. If we don’t we are going to have an absolutely awful offense. With the exception of the Arizona game Percy Harvin’s next 4 best games all came with either Moss or Sydney taking all the deep coverage off him. I love Percy but with no deep threat the guy is going to be a wayyyyy below average #1 receiver. Not to mention 8 guys in the box every play makes AP’s running days a helluva lot tougher. You don’t need much football sense at all to see the extreme importance of resigning Rice. Cut both Berrian and Madieu Williams since the both make 7 million a year to do nearly nothing positive for us, save the 20 million we were paying Favre to do nothing positive and I see no way we can’t afford a guy who has been an absolute beast when he’s been on the field.

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