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Wide receiver Sidney Rice(notes) has scored 18 touchdowns and pulled down 146 catches for 2,129 yards over four seasons for the Minnesota Vikings. His next catches may come for another team.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Rice's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is saying that his client wants to test the free-agent market once everything gets cleared up with the new collective bargaining agreement.

The Vikes had offered the 24-year-old a contract as of Friday, coach Leslie Frazier said, according to the paper.

"[Rice] is a high, high priority, and I didn't want him to be sensitive about the fact that it was [linebacker] Chad [Greenway] being franchised instead of Sidney," Frazier said, the paper notes. "That does not mean that we're not going to do right by Sidney, but we couldn't franchise both of them. We want to get Sidney signed and take care of him, because he's going to take care of our football team."

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Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

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