EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings understand the tease with Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice very well from his first four years in the league. In the past two years, Seattle has learned quickly that Rice can be one of the NFL's best wide receivers, when healthy.
That's been the rub for Rice.
The talented, 6-foot-4 receiver has played in 16 games only once in his first five seasons, the first four with Minnesota after he was a second-round draft choice by the team in 2007. Too often he's dealt with injuries, nagging or otherwise, and that trend continued after signing a five-year, 41 million contract with Seattle prior to last season. After Rice underwent surgery on both shoulders in the offseason, the big-play threat feels better than he has in two years.
"Fortunately now we're seeing him at full-tilt and it's great," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said on a conference call with Minnesota media Wednesday. "He's got a good contract here with us. We've got him for a long...