Vikings must consider Rice's inactivity long term

Posted Nov. 19, 2010 @ 2:17 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Vikings have one eye on 2011 as their season hangs perilously in the balance, and they must make some critical decisions regarding the future of their roster this coming offseason. Not knowing the rules of free agency will prove difficult in terms of forming long-term plans, but one of those tricky calls will be with WR Sidney Rice. Right now, considering Rice hasn't played all season following hip surgery, the team has to decide how to handle future negotiations with him. Rice has one monster season to his name, and that is it. The team has to determine whether sitting out the majority of this season really was beneficial to his long-term health, as he has said, or whether the delay of his major surgery was at all contractually motivated. The top long-term goal is to keep RB Adrian Peterson, even though his deal is not up until '12. But given Rice's talents, the Vikings have to consider their offer to him as well, even if he remains a restricted free agent next year, depending on the rules of free agency in the next CBA.