The Seattle Seahawks are planning to make a major effort to sign Vikings free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network.
Seattle has plenty of room under the salary cap and the fact former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell now holds the same job in Seattle means this move might make sense for Rice.
Rice could step in as Seattle’s top receiver.
The issue is Rice would be joining a team that appears as if it is going to have a question mark at quarterback. Matt Hasselbeck is going to depart as a free agent, according to the Seattle Times, and the Seahawks have Charlie Whitehurst behind him. There also continue to be reports that soon-to-be former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will wind up with the Seahawks.
Rice and Jackson certainly seemed to get along during their time together in Minnesota, but it’s not known if Rice would be excited about an on-the-field reunion with Jackson. It’s quite possible he could be fine with it.
As for the Vikings, it was expected that trying to retain Rice would be one of their first orders of business today as NFL teams were allowed to begin negotiating with veteran players. Veterans can’t be signed until Friday evening.
Where the Vikings might run into a tough situation is if Rice is offered a substantial amount of guaranteed money elsewhere. Rice had an outstanding 2009 season, playing in all 16 regular-season games, but in his other three years in the NFL he has never played the entire schedule. He missed much of last season after having hip surgery right before the start of the season.