Frazier, Spielman Discuss Greenway, Rice And The Franchise Tag

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 25, 2011 – 11:57 am

Despite the uncertainty the labor situation brings to the NFL and despite the fact that the franchise tag may or may not be relevant in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, nearly half of the NFL’s franchises have chosen to apply the franchise tag to one of their potential free agents.

The Vikings are one of the teams that have used their franchise tag and they applied it to LB Chad Greenway, ensuring that the 5-year veteran will remain a part of the team for at least one more season and increasing the likelihood that he’ll eventually sign a long-term contract with the Purple. As positive a development as that was for the Vikings, it did leave in question whether or not WR Sidney Rice will return to the club in 2010.

Depending on the rules of the next CBA, Rice could be an unrestricted free agent. If that happens, he’s sure to draw interest from other teams. With all of that said, both Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier and VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman were asked about the club’s decision to tag Greenway instead of Rice.

“Sidney is an outstanding player and he’s done a great job for us,” Frazier said on Friday. “But we really like where Chad is right now in his career and what he’s been able to do in staying on the field and getting better every single year, and what he’s done off the field in our community, that was the way to go.

“That doesn’t mean that we don’t want Sidney as a Minnesota Viking, because we do.”

Spielman also talked about the value Greenway brings to the defense as a versatile and reliable defender.

“Chad is a valuable part of our organization,” Spielman said on Thursday. “When you look at that and look at what he brings to our defense, and you weigh in the fact that he is a three-down linebacker who is never off the field, he is very important to us. On first and second down, but what he brings to us on third down as well.”

So while Frazier and Spielman spoke highly of Greenway in the same manner, they were also on the same page in how they spoke highly of Rice and feel strongly that Rice is a player the team would like to keep for the long haul.

“He is a high, high priority,” Frazier said of Rice, “and I didn’t want him to be sensitive about the fact that it was Chad being franchised versus Sidney. That does not mean that we’re not going to do right by Sidney. It’s just we couldn’t franchise both of them. We want to get Sidney signed and take care of him because he’s been taking care of our football team.”

Spielman, who along with Vikings VP of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski spent time on Thursday afternoon meeting with agents of players on the Vikings roster, was clear in saying Rice is in the Vikings long-term plans.

“Our goal and objective is to continue to work with his agent,” Spielman said of Rice, “and get a long-term deal done with Chad.”

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15 Responses to “Frazier, Spielman Discuss Greenway, Rice And The Franchise Tag”

  1. By jvernon on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Vikes please dont let Sidney go. He the number 1 WR. Percy is best out the slot and need both WRs. Also, addition of Randy Moss or Plaxico would help spread it out for AP.

  2. By Shawn on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    jvernon for GM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    jvernon is GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!

    84 life BBM

  3. By crazyviking on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Yes we need to keep Rice. I’m sure the Vikes feel the same and will be doing thier best to sign him to a new contract. I agree that Plaxico would be a good WR to sign but NOT Moss!! You cant go out there and only give it a 100% when you know your the 1st option on a play, he should give it his all on every play and Moss dosnt do that. Skol Vikes

  4. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Put the “Marked Down For Quick Sale” tag on Berrian.

  5. By Carl Brodin on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Yes sign Sidney Rice! I cant wait to see him out on the field with Percy Harvin and that Wr from Canada Emanuel Arneaux. Add Visante Shiancoe not to Mention Adrian Peterson pretty potent offence. Then just shore up the holes in the offensive line. Get rid of some dead weight like Berrian WR, Mckinnie LT,Madeau Williams S, and yes unfortunitly Ben Leber,Pat Williams,. This will leave us plenty of money to maybe get some real good players in the draft or free agency.

  6. By Shawn on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    @crazyviking ….. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    84 LIFE BBM

  7. By Parody on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    @Nova – Nobody’s going to trade for Berrian when he couldn’t even produce while entire defenses were focusing on covering Moss.

    You’ll have to add a line below that: “Free or best offer!”

  8. By Parody on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s look at it this way: you have 5 potential recievers on the field at any given time. Let’s say that in a certain play they are Moss, Harvin, Shiancoe, Peterson and Berrian. Who’s the uncovered man? That’s right, Berrian – a guy who only 2-years ago was the #1 receiver putting up some decent numbers, (after all, we did win the division that year). But with lineups like that he was still not getting noticed at all.

    With the price that teams would have to pay him in the trade, we’d have to add a guy like Arceneaux to the deal just to get them to throw in a 7th round draft pick.

  9. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, there are sure alot of Berrian haters out there. What did he do, burn down your house?

  10. By Scremer on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Carl Brodin i agree with u on the Harvin and keep sindey and the whole get rid of the dead weight like mckinney and williams but Liber and pat that is pretty risky… Pat yeah he is old but he is still pretty dam good for his age and liber is solid every game not the kind of player I would want to have against us

  11. By bubbs on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    People don’t like berrian because of his drops/near catches. He is a speed receiver with little ability to jump/fight for the ball and subpar nfl hands. Toby Gerhart as a runningback has better WR hands.

    I don’t know you can find better talent than berrian for less money; but dropping him makes financial sense. I think he would be very-good on the rams.

  12. By Jeremy on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    I like the fact that the franchise tag went to Greenway, as opposed to, Rice. True I do value Rice, but it shows that the Vikes commit to defense over the offense in some facets of the game.

  13. By dj on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    vikings need sidney rice… with out him vikings cant find a better wide out

  14. By Nathan on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    The newest news is that Sidney Rice will test out the Free Agent Market according to his agent instead of signing a multi-year deal with the Vikings this amkes me sad if theres no Sidney the Vikings are going to be garbage with one good WR being Harvin please dont get rid of Sidney we need him!!!!

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