Posted by Will Brinson
The Vikings are clearly interested in keeping Sidney Rice -- and according to Leslie Frazier, they extended a contract offer to the wide receiver recently. However, Frazier didn't exactly specify what kind of deal they threw Rice's way. (For instance, it could have been a one-year RFA deal.)
According to a report from Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the offer they sent his way is a multi-year deal. But, according to Rice's agent Drew Rosenhaus, the wideout will not be signing with Minnesota before the March 4 CBA deadline.
That comes via ESPN's Adam Schefter, who notes that Rice will "test free agency" instead of re-signing with the Vikings. And Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network says Rice will "consider" the Vikings as a landing spot in free agency.
What makes Rice's decision particularly interesting is that he won't necessarily be an unrestricted free agent -- depending on how the labor situation pans out, he could end up as a restricted free agent with four years of accrued service.
If that happens, he might be willing to rethink his position on the Vikings offer.
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