Agent: Sidney Rice to be free agent

Updated: February 28, 2011, 8:34 AM ET
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Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice will be a free agent.

Drew Rosenhaus, Rice's agent, told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter on Sunday that his client will not re-sign with Minnesota before first testing free agency.

After a breakout 2009 season, Rice had hip surgery in August and missed the Vikings' first nine games.

The 6-foot-4, 202-pound wideout finished the year with 17 receptions for 280 yards and two touchdowns.

Rice is one of several key free agents for the Vikings. The team chose to use its franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway, but Rice and defensive end Ray Edwards are slated for the open market.

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