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Vikings have no concerns with Sidney Rice’s hip

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Sidney Rice ultimately seems likely to leave the Vikings via free agency, creating a big wide receiver hole for the team. But it’s not because Minnesota wouldn’t like to keep him.

“I’m sure if we felt any concerns medically that we wouldn’t be discussing extensions with him,” Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman said on espn1500.com Sunday, via Tom Pelissero.

Rice should send Spielman a thank you card, because that’s a nice public medical endorsement to get.  Rice and his agent clearly felt he could get a better long-term deal on the open market than the one the Vikings were offering, but it sounds like Rice has a solid starting point to build off for future negotiations.

If Rice is fully healthy, really the only knock on him would be his inconsistent production.   He has the skill set to be a No. 1 receiver and topped 1,300 yards in 2009, but hasn’t gained over 400 yards in his other three seasons.

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  1. FinFan68 says: Apr 10, 2011 4:15 PM

    “I’m sure if we felt any concerns medically that we wouldn’t be discussing extensions with him,”
    ——————
    That was a stupid statement when you consider they are not allowed to be discussing anything at all, much less a contract extension.

  2. stavreafavre says: Apr 10, 2011 4:23 PM

    Many a rat would like to desert that sinking ship.

  3. PFT can S my D says: Apr 10, 2011 4:23 PM

    “I’m sure if we felt any concerns medically that we wouldn’t be discussing extensions with him,”

    ——————————————

    I smell a fine coming. You locked the players out you idiots you can’t be publicly telling people your breaking the rules.

  4. JimmySmith says: Apr 10, 2011 4:29 PM

    They have “no concern” because they have “no chance” to resign him.

    He wants to play for a contender, not a last place team with no QB to get him the ball. This isn’t brain surgery, even a Viking fan can figure this one out.

  5. jstrizzle says: Apr 10, 2011 4:37 PM

    Unless of course in these times of hidden draft talk he is actually concerned so he says he is not concerned.

    Or… He isn’t concerned so he is saying he isn’t concerned so other teams thinks he is concerned

    Or… He is concerned so he is saying he isn’t so other teams thinks he isn’t concerned

    I’m getting dizzy

  6. dkeyser says: Apr 10, 2011 4:53 PM

    They should have franchised him instead of Greenway. He is the ONLY talent they have at the WR position and i’d bet he is as good as gone. If there is a season this year, im gonna say he ends up in a Bears uniform..Thats my prediction. Im no Bears fan, but they seem willing to spend $ as of late and as a division rival, i could see it happening. Plus the Bears WR’s are in need of a true #1 guy

  7. francheyes says: Apr 10, 2011 5:00 PM

    The extension was offered before the lockout people, therefore legal…homework people, homework.

  8. Stiller43 says: Apr 10, 2011 5:02 PM

    “If Rice is fully healthy, really the only knock on him would be his inconsistent production. He has the skill set to be a No. 1 receiver and topped 1,300 yards in 2009, but hasn’t gained over 400 yards in his other three seasons.”

    You might wanna check out who was throwing him the ball in 2007 and 2008 (Gus Frerotte and TJack), combine that with his injured season last year, and you might have the reasoning behind the slow production in the other years…

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 10, 2011 5:13 PM

    Just be a Ram already…

  10. uncommon1 says: Apr 10, 2011 5:24 PM

    thing to consider: His best year happened to be Brett Favres best statistcal year of his careeer. The other years he had a combo of Frerotte, Jackson, Webb, Rosenfels etc throwing him the ball. His true skill are somewhere in between. Hes probably a 800 yd 7 TD type of guy. Not bad, but not elite either.
    Also, I will accept AIDS if it means that JimmySmith can longer post on this website. He/She/It would actually die, if it weren’t Viking news.

  11. sundance58301 says: Apr 10, 2011 5:26 PM

    Jimmysmith…. you are such a predictable dolt. Have you considered a more original approach?

    As a Vikings fan, I really don’t care if he leaves. I question his “Randy Moss” type attitude. His putting off his surgery for months was worthy of Turd status.
    Sid…… you are a turd.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Apr 10, 2011 5:28 PM

    Only saying that so they can get some trade value????? Me thinks yes.

  13. august1969 says: Apr 10, 2011 6:20 PM

    this guy is going to the rams

  14. dlobears says: Apr 10, 2011 6:24 PM

    The Bears do have interest in Rice, and he would be a nice fit in Martz’ system. However, Jerry Angelo will not overpay for an unproven commodity, and that likely will be the situation with Rice.

  15. sundance58301 says: Apr 10, 2011 6:24 PM

    He’s a free agent……. no trade value

  16. emossome84 says: Apr 10, 2011 6:26 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Apr 10, 2011 5:28 PM
    Only saying that so they can get some trade value????? Me thinks yes.

    ———————–
    Me thinks no, because he is a free agent.

  17. theclaymaker says: Apr 10, 2011 6:39 PM

    They don’t have time to worry about Rice while they’re scheduling travel plans for the move to Los Angeles.

  18. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 10, 2011 6:54 PM

    sundance58301 says:
    Apr 10, 2011 5:26 PM
    Jimmysmith…. you are such a predictable dolt. Have you considered a more original approach?

    As a Vikings fan, I really don’t care if he leaves. I question his “Randy Moss” type attitude. His putting off his surgery for months was worthy of Turd status.
    Sid…… you are a turd.
    ——————–
    There was a time when I liked Sidney Rice, but since putting off the surgery and this whole diva persona, I could care less if he left. He’ll just get injured again.

  19. Deb says: Apr 10, 2011 6:58 PM

    It may be totally unfair, but I associate him with delaying surgery until it would take him out of action for a chunk of the season–one reason the Vikes got off to a bad start. He’s a great athlete. But in the back of my mind I can’t help thinking he’s unreliable and not a team player.

  20. favrelous says: Apr 10, 2011 7:14 PM

    He is only a free agents if restricted free agents apply to four years or less. Currently a player is a RFA for 6 years.

  21. adsbad28 says: Apr 10, 2011 7:24 PM

    someone needs to shut this jimmysmith piece of @#!* up he keeps talking out of his hole when it comes to the vikes. yea we for sure dont have a QB on board right now but im pretty sure when free agents can sign we will pick one up that will get our recievers the ball plus its not like we need to throw the ball 50 times a game when we have the best running back in the game. All u keep saying is last place last place in all your pathetic rants about the vikes sure we finished last place last year but i GUARRENTEE u we wont this year you forget u turd that before last year we won the division 2 years in a row. with Frazier in as coach the vikes are going to get back that powerfull running game that every team we face knows we have. I know jimmy your still upset we got your boy Favre and he had his best season ever as a pro 2 years ago get over it u bumb.

  22. jimmysux says: Apr 10, 2011 7:53 PM

    uncommon1 says:
    Apr 10, 2011 5:24 PM
    thing to consider: His best year happened to be Brett Favres best statistcal year of his careeer. The other years he had a combo of Frerotte, Jackson, Webb, Rosenfels etc throwing him the ball. His true skill are somewhere in between. Hes probably a 800 yd 7 TD type of guy. Not bad, but not elite either.
    Also, I will accept AIDS if it means that JimmySmith can longer post on this website. He/She/It would actually die, if it weren’t Viking news.

    **********************
    count me in for AIDS too. Anything to shut Jimmy up. I have been reading his pathetic blogs for far too long. He is such a closet vikes fan because he only comments on Vikes stories. Go Vikes!!!!

  23. durno99 says: Apr 10, 2011 7:56 PM

    It is my hope that this site uses it’s thumbs up and thumbs down meter to filter the IGNORANCE of it’s users. Maybe a less than 30% approval of cumulate posts would excuse the author’/idiot from posting for a specific amount of time. We could call it the Jimmy Smith rule!!!!!!!!!!!! Sir, you have nothing of value that comes from your mouth. This is why you reside from WISCONSIN. Go shotgun bowling instead of waisting OUR time!!!!!!!!

  24. svenftw says: Apr 10, 2011 8:02 PM

    a lot of his previous lack of production in my opinion was due to the fact that sidney never has been the type of guy to outrun people and brett was the first to realize that that’s fine, and that you just need to throw it up for grabs and let sidney do what he does.

    in relief last year, even tjack seemed to figure that out a bit.

  25. mikemnz says: Apr 10, 2011 8:13 PM

    The Packers won the Superbowl without winning the division.

  26. randomjim says: Apr 10, 2011 8:47 PM

    I don’t know if losing Rice is that big of deal. I wouldn’t pay too much for him. Because he didn’t get his surgery Favre didn’t have his go to guy, defenses played close, Peterson had too many men up close, they traded first for Camarillo, then for Moss.
    Thanks for taking care of that in the off season.

  27. vikesfansteve says: Apr 10, 2011 9:55 PM

    He waited all the way to the end of training camp to get surgery when he could have taken care of it the week after not trying for the ill advised Brett Favre INT against the Saints when the week prior against the Cowboys he cut back to the middle on the same exact play for a TD.

    So he f$*@d up Favre by thinking he would come back to the pass & he F’d the whole team again by waiting & waiting & waiting to have surgery then waiting to play when he was healthy.

    Get lost Rice.

  28. MichaelEdits says: Apr 10, 2011 10:32 PM

    Bad photo, PFT. We don’t wanna see that other guy.

  29. knucklehead93 says: Apr 10, 2011 10:41 PM

    Is it really necessary to show Brett Favre in the picture of a Sidney Rice story?

  30. duece5 says: Apr 10, 2011 11:21 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Apr 10, 2011 4:29 PM
    They have “no concern” because they have “no chance” to resign him.

    He wants to play for a contender, not a last place team with no QB to get him the ball. This isn’t brain surgery, even a Viking fan can figure this one out.

    Duece5 says:

    Jimmy….really dude. YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE!! Talk about your closet Viking fan….no packer fan in history has posted as much garbage to an opponents site/articles as one jimmsmith…….really dude…DO YOU HAVE A LIFE??? I think you’re embarassing the semi-knowledgeable packer fans.

  31. goombar2 says: Apr 11, 2011 12:28 AM

    I don’t see anything that Jimmy said that was untrue. The vikes were in the cellar, last place. They don’t have a QB and just picking up a random guy isn’t going to help the franchise.

    Reminds me of an old saying, hate the message, not the messenger.

    As far as Rice is concerned, doctors told him he didn’t need the surgery. During the offseason it wasn’t just Rice with a lackadaisical attitude, AP took days off to celebrate his own greatness, Favre did his drama queen routine and waited till the last minute to have his surgery…

    Seems to me there was just a culture of entitlement that was bred by bad management. When this is brought up, vike fans get angry and lash out at the person pointing this out. I’m sure I’ll receive the hate for this post.

    And Deb, I believe you’re a fan of the Steelers? Weren’t they without their QB for the first 4 games? They didn’t make excuses, the motto was next man up.

    The problem with the vikes is they just can’t man up.

  32. favrelous says: Apr 11, 2011 12:31 AM

    Listen, Jimmy smith posts more about the vikes than anyone. He really loves them. Maybe he feels guilt for the his man love of the pretty purple.

  33. cleonslamminsalmon says: Apr 11, 2011 1:06 AM

    Yaaaawwwwn. News from last place teams bore me to death.

  34. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Apr 11, 2011 2:20 AM

    “He has the skill set to be a No. 1 receiver and topped 1,300 yards in 2009, but hasn’t gained over 400 yards in his other three seasons.”
    That’s what we like to call a Brady Anderson season

  35. heypapi6975 says: Apr 11, 2011 5:51 AM

    Haha he’s taking the “Minnesota Nice” stance. Definitely would love to have Rice back. We’ve put up with multiple injuries and have been very patient with him. With that said, if he’s looking for a giant contract…I wish him luck in the future. The Vikes need cap space to re-sign the more reliable vets. He’s got all the talent you want from a No. 1…just cant stay healthy.

  36. truthserum4u says: Apr 11, 2011 5:56 AM

    Why is there an assumption Rice will leave via free agency?

    He told Frazier he wanted to return; it’s his agent that made the statement about looking at what’s out there. Rice understanably wants to know what the Vikings plan to do about the QB position. They obviously want to address the QB situation as well.

  37. Deb says: Apr 11, 2011 1:36 PM

    @goombar2 …

    That’s a valid point. Still, it’s not about how the team reacted to Rice’s absence, but whether he let down his team.

    Ben’s situation was different since he didn’t choose to miss those four games. But while the evidence shows he was innocent of the accusation, if he’d been acting like a responsible adult, he wouldn’t have been in that situation. So I think he did let down our team. But he apologized profusely to his teammates and the fans, and hired a private QB coach to work with him during the suspension to ensure he’d be game-ready on his return. Did Rice ever indicate any regret for the issues he’d caused his teammates?

  38. goombar2 says: Apr 11, 2011 6:06 PM

    Hold back a bit Deb… It hardly matters the exact circumstances that led to Big Ben’s 4 game suspension. But keep in mind also, the Steelers let Ben know enough was enough and it was time for a lifestyle change or they would move on (they moved on from Holmes and didn’t miss a beat). That tells you a little something about the management of the Steelers and their brand. And geez, no suprise they were in the Super Bowl.

    With Rice, he had doctors tell him it would heal on its own. The doctor was wrong, it happens. Who wants to have surgery? The reason he stayed away from mini camps was that the vikes weren’t giving him an extension. Last year Rice made 800 thousand, meanwhile they take a flier on Randy Moss on the twilight of his career and give away a 3rd rounder. Moss was scheduled to make 6.4 million and the vikes were obligated to pay the whole thing but luckily the Titans picked him up.

    After Rice saw that he decided to never play for the vikes again and I don’t blame him. It was a dumb management decision. But so was letting Favre do whatever he wanted and AP. To throw all the blame on one guy when a doctor gave him bad advice…

    Well, there was a whole culture in vikeland dedicated to entitlement thinking. Rice was hardly the poster boy and the only reason vike fans are angry is that they’d been told a million times (and Jimmy keeps reminding them) that the “all in” management style wouldn’t work and would lead to huge problems.

  39. Deb says: Apr 11, 2011 8:15 PM

    @goombar2 …

    I’m probably not the person to ask that surgery question since I’ve had 28. When docs say cancer, I say “Get it out now!” :) Didn’t mean to imply I blamed Rice for their season. No one person is to blame for a team failure. Just saying he made a negative impression on me. And teams often overpay when they’re desperate. Not having Rice contributed to the desperation that left them vulnerable to making a bad deal with Moss.

    I’m not as familiar with how the Vikes run the team as you are … but you have to admit you guys have a lot of animosity toward one another that may be clouding your thinking. It’s a little different for me. Hate the Ravens, but respect them :)

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