Rams reportedly have “some interest” in Sidney Rice

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Expect the Rams to be connected to plenty of free agent wide receivers when and if we actually have free agency.

The Rams have a group of so-so receivers, with the best among them (Donnie Avery) coming off a serious injury.   Mark Clayton is expected to be re-signed, but he’s also coming off big injury.

There should be a number of decent receiver options available on the market, but Sidney Rice is the biggest fish.  He’s shown the ability to be a dominant true No. 1 wideout, even if he hasn’t shown that ability consistently enough.

It’s no surprise, then, that ProFootballWeekly hears through Rams sources that the Rams “have some interest” in Rice.  The hip injury that limited Rice last year will hurt his value a bit, but he looked healthy enough at the end of the season.

The Rams have shown they aren’t afraid to spend in free agency of late.  (Jason Brown is one example.)  Josh McDaniels has been able to find production out of lesser receivers, but you don’t want to rely on him turning Laurent Robinson into Brandon Lloyd.

Rice would be a nice high risk/high reward addition to help out Sam Bradford.

33 responses to “Rams reportedly have “some interest” in Sidney Rice

  1. I’d rather have the Rams go with Avery, Clayton, Amendola, Gilyard, Gibson, and a rookie WR over the money required to be spent on Sidney Rice. Defense wins championships, Spags is a defensive guy, and if ANYTHING on the Rams deserves big money, it’s the cornerback spot opposing Bartell is it. Nnamdi would look great in the blue and gold. A DT, OLB, FS would be nice as a FA too, but I’m just trying to get my point across that Nnamdi needs to be a Ram next season. Just saying though.

  2. Sidney alone is better than all the Rams recievers put together. He would be a 110% upgrade and by default make those other recievers better. Sam Bradford is begging for this acquisition.

  3. I would stay where he is if I were him. The weather is a lot colder in st. Louis than it is in la.

  4. He does tend to get hurt. But when he is healthy, he is an amazing receiver. I really don’t want him to leave the Vikes, but it would be interesting to see him and Bradford play together.

  5. what team doesn’t have interest in Rice? The Packers have the best receiving corps in football and i’m sure they’d take him too!

    In unrelated news, Winnie The Pooh has an interest in honey!

  6. Donnie Avery is always coming off on a serious injury. He may have the physical ability to play in the NFL, but you can only count on him being able to play 4 or 5 games a season in a good year. The Rams would be wise to trade him for a dozen used jock straps.

  7. One good year with Favre throwing to him. Then he follows that with a bad hip that he does nothing about until the season starts. This guy is made of glass and his goal was to get to free agency with his 2009 numbers. He knew he could never repeat a year like 2009, so he did the selfish thing.

  8. Never thought he would stay with us,needs a good QB to throw to him and sadly we don’t have that.Bradford could look like a real stud with Rice to throw it to,if he can stay healthy for him.Rams on the up,sorry guys we are on the way down,buckle in Vikings fans,next few years isnt going to be pretty

  9. Rice must realize to get to the Superbowl, he has to leave the Vikings, the last place Vikings. No stadium, no QB, and an uncertain future as to where they will end up.

    Once he leaves, I am sure Berrian will pick up his game and start to play to the $44 mil contract.

  10. the decision to franchise the greenway over sidney is going to cost the vikings for the next decade.
    Sidney is the closest thing to a complete reciever, ability to get deep, run across the middle, block as the vikings have ever had. Once again they make the wrong decision.
    That decision alone will cost spielman and frazier their jobs.

  11. That would be “Josh Brown,” not “Jason Brown” right?

    And spending too much on a kicker doesn’t really qualify as being big spenders in FA.The Seahawks nabbed Mare after he left town, and that didn’t turn out too bad, now did it?

    Speaking of which, I’d see Rice in Seattle over St. Louis, based off Carroll’s persistence to find a true #1 (Marshall, Jackson, etc.), as well as Darren Bevell’s arrival as OC.

  12. airraid77 says: “the decision to franchise the greenway over sidney is going to cost the vikings for the next decade. Sidney is the closest thing to a complete reciever, ability to get deep, run across the middle, block as the vikings have ever had. Once again they make the wrong decision. That decision alone will cost spielman and frazier their jobs.”

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    BLAH BLAH BLAH

    Dude. Where have you been? There have been a couple thousand articles posted already about their decision — the new rules (or lack thereof) made Rice ineligible for the franchise tag.

    Try again.

  13. Cindy Rice os overrated.

    2007: injured and missed games, bad year

    2008: injured and missed games, bad year

    2009: good year, injured in last game

    2010: Finally tells the team he was injured in 2009 playoffs just as they’re getting ready for camp. Ends up needing hi[ surgery he could have had 5 months earlier, and misses more than half the season. Another bad year.

    So there you have it: Rice has been in the league for 4 years. He’s literally missed a full year’s worth of games. In that 4 year span, he’s had one good season, and a serious hip injury that he somehow forgot to tell the team about for the entire 2010 offseason, which just happened to be the same time he was hoping to get himself a big fat new contract extension.

    The Rams can have him!

  14. There will be many teams that have “some interest” in Rice. He’s a very good WR, and hopefully he’s healed enough that he can make a difference on whatever team he plays for. Unfortunately for the Vikings, how they handle obtaining their #1 priority (QB, IMO) will help decide whether Rice stays with or leaves the Vikings.

  15. rovibe,
    where was the passing game without rice? OH right, I FORGOT, NONEXSISTANT.
    The defense was awful with a top 5 linebacker(franchise tag worthy) and two top tier dl……
    As for the articles? I will take any reporter on, any day of the week, including m-flo and company whoop their fannies when it comes to strategic football.

  16. rovibe, that isn’t correct. Every player that is set to be RFA or UFA is eligible for the franchise tag. The Vikings chose to go with Greenway over Rice, but they do want Rice back, that is very evident.

    and all the posters that just look at stats and think Rice isn’t a very good WR because his one amazing year came with Brett Favre obviously haven’t watched Sidney Rice very much. Favre didn’t make Sidney Rice in 09/10, he simply realized how good he was. All it takes with Rice is the recognition that you can just throw it up to him on a deep route, and 9/10 he’ll come up with it. Favre didn’t need to be accurate, he just threw it up to Rice and Rice came down with it. Rice is a Fitzgerald type WR, his skill set is very rare at the position and if he can stay healthy, he’ll be a top 5 WR for the rest of his career.

    Saying he didn’t do much after he came back is a crock. Watch what he did against Buffalo at less than 100% with Tarvaris Jackson at QB, and tell me he’s not an elite WR.

  17. airraid77 says: “rovibe, where was the passing game without rice? OH right, I FORGOT, NONEXSISTANT. The defense was awful with a top 5 linebacker(franchise tag worthy) and two top tier dl…… As for the articles? I will take any reporter on, any day of the week, including m-flo and company whoop their fannies when it comes to strategic football.”

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    Wow. What an incoherent, babbling mess that post was. Before you go taking on any talented sports reporters, try tackling that GED.

  18. SIGN HIM! End this damn lockout already!!! Get Nnamdi A. also! Major upgrades if we could get both!

  19. Who is gonna throw him the ball in viking land ? Joe webb? No thank u! If i was him id be Gone!

  20. Rams’ two best receivers are coming off big injuries, so they would have interest in another receiver coming off a big injury? I suppose it would slightly improve their odds of having someone healthy for most of the games…

  21. The only MN rice the Rams can get will be Native American wild rice. We are keeping him,sorry.

  22. zeckwreck says: Apr 4, 2011 12:36 PM

    That would be “Josh Brown,” not “Jason Brown” right?

    And spending too much on a kicker doesn’t really qualify as being big spenders in FA.The Seahawks nabbed Mare after he left town, and that didn’t turn out too bad, now did it?

    Speaking of which, I’d see Rice in Seattle over St. Louis, based off Carroll’s persistence to find a true #1 (Marshall, Jackson, etc.), as well as Darren Bevell’s arrival as OC.

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    no bro, it’s Jason Brown. the Center they acquired from the Ravens two seasons ago and who they made the highest paid center in football? 😐

  23. They would be crazy to let Rice go. People forget that the only reason Rice had a slow start to his career is because he had the worst QB in NFL history (TJoke). When he had veterans like Ferrotte and Favre throwing the football, he was one of the top receivers in the NFL.

    TheVikings will need him if a rookie, or any other QB, is expected to be successful.

  24. rice has consistently played well when healthy. other then his speed he is one of the best receivers if have ever seen. people that haven’t seen him play a lot obviously don’t know what this kid can do. he is so big, strong and has amazing hands, but what makes him special is his ability to get the ball, his body control and his positioning. he makes it easy for the QB to make a throw. i really hope that he stays with the vikes but if he is going to leave via free agency i cannot think of a better place for him then teaming with sammie. these two would be an insane combination for years to come. Sid instantly makes the rams relevant with sam throwing him the ball and the beast SJ running.

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