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Vikings hope to re-sign WR Rice to long-term deal, Frazier says

Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said Friday, via the *St. Paul Pioneer-Press*, that the Vikings are talking contract with free-agent wide receiver Sidney Rice.

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Frazier, who had the interim tag dropped from his title last month, has been in contact with Rice this offseason, and he believes the wide receiver can be "productive for years to come" in spite of having hip surgery during training camp that limited him to just 17 catches in seven games.

"He 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. "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."

Rice, who is entering his fifth pro season, blossomed into a Pro Bowl selection during the 2009 season, when he caught 83 passes -- eight for touchdowns.

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