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Vikes 'really, really, really' want Rice

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08:01 AM ET 06.24 | The good news is Christian Ponder finally landed a veteran, Visanthe Shiancoe, for his "team" workouts -- the bad news is one of the guys he'd really like to see, Sidney Rice, may not re-sign with Minnesota. The Vikings really, really, really want to re-sign Sidney and I know they'll be competitive in the market place. I think they'll have a limit as to how much they'd spend, though. Rice only has been healthy for one season and that is a concern. Still, they know how good he is and how much they'd be hurting if he left. I think he's back in Minnesota. If not, they'd probably target a bigger wideout but most of the top guys, like Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards, will cost as much as Rice. If Michael Jenkins gets released by Atlanta, as expected, he could be an option but he's not a No. 1 WR.

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June 24, 2011  08:06 AM ET

Wow! Just when you thought things couldn't get uglier in Minny . . .

June 24, 2011  08:09 AM ET

Sid would look just fine in the same jersey motif of the guy tackling him in the picture

June 24, 2011  08:11 AM ET

He would be a good fit in Dallas. I don't think it happens though.

June 24, 2011  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

... I don't think it happens though.

Me either... but we are allowed to play pseudo GM's.

Hell - Jerry plays one in real life.

June 24, 2011  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Me either... but we are allowed to play pseudo GM's. Hell - Jerry plays one in real life.

Send your resume to JJ. I have been reading your comments for a long time. Your team would be in better shape if Jerry would have been doing the same.

June 24, 2011  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow! Just when you thought things couldn't get uglier in Minny . . .

They said "Vikings," not "Minnesota." They could put Rice up in Whitey Bulger's old place just outside of LA.

June 24, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Vikes 'really, really, really' NEED... Rice. with out him they are truly screwed.

June 24, 2011  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They said "Vikings," not "Minnesota." They could put Rice up in Whitey Bulger's old place just outside of LA.

You think he is LA material?

June 24, 2011  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They said "Vikings," not "Minnesota." They could put Rice up in Whitey Bulger's old place just outside of LA.

ROFLMAO!!!!! yep, Whitey won't miss that place too swift, but then again....

June 24, 2011  08:50 AM ET

Aw, c'mon, Sid! When my 3 year-old daughter tells me she really, really, really wants some more Little Pony Fruit Snacks, I typically give in.

June 24, 2011  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Vikes 'really, really, really' NEED... Rice. with out him they are truly screwed.

And with him they are......truly screwed. I already have fellings of deep loss for the Chilly picture in the Gilligan hat.

June 24, 2011  09:36 AM ET

Show him the money!

June 24, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Show him the money!

Money may not be enough. I could see the Patriots in the hunt for this guy, or the Jets or Indy. If he gets Ring Fever, he's not going to be happy with the Vikes. And no matter what, he knows they've got no one to get him the ball right now.

June 24, 2011  10:15 AM ET

I hear Brady could use a decent option at receiver.. Maybe Bill strikes again!

June 24, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I hear Brady could use a decent option at receiver.. Maybe Bill strikes again!

Rice is one of the best FA receivers out there, so that thought has to be under The Hood.

June 24, 2011  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I hear Brady could use a decent option at receiver.. Maybe Bill strikes again!

brady quinn?

June 24, 2011  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

brady quinn?

No, Brady the quarterback. Brady Quinn, Medicine Woman, is not in the picture.

June 24, 2011  02:04 PM ET

Unless Rice is the coup de grace, they're going to be at the markets mercy like everyone else looking to sign FA's.
Free Agents are going to make a killing when this lockout ends.

June 24, 2011  02:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Unless Rice is the coup de grace, they're going to be at the markets mercy like everyone else looking to sign FA's. Free Agents are going to make a killing when this lockout ends.

The Pats would rather sign a guy who is willing to take a bit less because he knows they will be in the playoff hunt every year. Good for them, because it helps their cap space, and they know they get a guy who is more interested in winning than just some guy who wants a big paycheck.

Suppose the top dollar bid for Rice comes from Al Davis. Does he take that? Or would he take a bit less to maybe go to the big one?

Still, I could see a bidding war for this guy, even among top-tier teams. If nothing else, The Hoodie doesn't want to see him on the Jets or Colts.

 
June 24, 2011  03:25 PM ET

Minnesota doesn't need Rice. They need a healthy, dependable, WR.

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