Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice will become a free agent before the next season. The likelihood of him playing for a different team is almost a guarantee as he just recently turned down an offer from the Vikings.
Why does it matter if he gets traded?
He has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver for almost any team that seeks to sign him.
There is, however, one factor that could have teams lean away from signing Rice: his recent hip surgery. He didn't want to get it, having surgery could have ended his career, or at least not have been able to let him perform as well as before.
Regardless, the great thing for him is that there are plenty of teams in the NFL that are seeking a No. 1 receiver for their organization. Another plus for a receiver-depleted team signing Rice is that they'll have talent right away—Rice has NFL experience and is already at a high level of play.
They wouldn't have to take a risk in the draft like the Detroit Lions did in the 2005 draft with Mike Williams who was such a hyped up receiver prior to draft day—two seasons with only two touchdowns and his days in Motor City were done.
So why bother taking the chance at having a receiver flake out when you can sign Rice and have talent right away?