Minnesota Vikings WR Sidney Rice will be one of the most sought after free agents once the lockout is lifted. Despite coming off of a hip injury that caused him to miss the good majority of the 2010 season, Rice should have no shortage of suitors.
“Out-flank the defense with a Z wide receiver [flanker] that can threaten and scare a defensive coordinator,” Huard suggests. “I believe when healthy Sidney Rice is that guy, and he knows this system well. His hip is paramount to the negotiation, but if he can get back to the 2009 form he immediately makes Marshawn Lynch and Mike Williams better. … An elite wide receiver tilts the field his way, and can take some pressure off not just his wide receiver counterparts, but an offensive line and run game that should see less bodies hovering around the line of scrimmage.”
Huard makes a solid case for adding Rice to the teams offense but deciding on a quarterback will most likely have the biggest impact on the upcoming season. As of now Charlie Whitehurst remains the teams starting quarterback which is definitely a concern.
The Seahawks could be one of the more aggressive teams in free agency this year so I wouldn’t rule out their pursuit of Rice. They have brought in a new offensive coordinator (Darrell Bevell) who just happens to be the Vikings former offensive coordinator so there’s at least some sort connection to Seattle. Rice has said that he intends to test the market so Seattle will have to be willing to throw a lot of money his way if they plan on landing him.