By JOHN HOLLER
Maybe the Vikings knew what they were doing when they opted out of giving Sidney Rice a huge contract last year when he became an unrestricted free agent.
Rice, who spent his first four seasons with the Vikings, has played all 16 games just once in his career -- his breakout 2009 season when he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns. In his other three seasons combined, he missed 16 of 48 games, catching 63 passes for 817 yards and 10 touchdowns in the other 32 games that he played.
Rice was an injury concern at the time the Vikings were contemplating whether to give him the monster contract he and his agent were seeking. The Vikings balked at the contract demands and Seattle stepped up with a five-year, 41 million deal that included 18.5 million in guarantees -- the real sticking point for the Vikings. This is the same Seahawks organization that saved the Vikings millions of dollars by giving a huge contract to over-the-hill wide re...