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‘Groundwork in place' for Rice extension?

Sidney Rice (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

The lockout interrupted the progress the Vikings were attempting to make in signing Sidney Rice to a long-term contract extension. Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman is still holding out hope that a deal can get done when league business resumes.

Are the Vikings saying there's a chance? In February, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team had made a long-term contract offer to wide receiver Sidney Rice, but only a few weeks later the Vikings were essentially forced to make a one-year restricted free-agent tender to Rice before the scheduled start of free agency. The lockout replaced the start of free agency and Rice never signed...

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