Sidney Rice says Vikings didn’t call him to negotiate

By Jeremy Fowler

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The best way Sidney Rice can illustrate why he’s no longer a Minnesota Viking is by showing his call history from late July.

Seattle area codes kept lighting up his cell phone at the start of free agency. First it was Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Then general manager John Schneider, followed by offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and even defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

The Seahawks’ phone diligence echoed the financial commitment they were ready to offer the Pro Bowl receiver, a five-year, $41 million deal worth $18.5 million in guaranteed money.

Though Rice said he strongly considered returning to Minnesota after four years, one dynamic season and injury problems, he remembered the one person who called from Winter Park – coach Leslie Frazier.

When the Vikings visit the Seahawks for Saturday night’s preseason game in CenturyLink Field, Rice will line up against the team that, in his eyes, didn’t show him the love.