Rosenfels to be number 2 (jersey number)

Sage Rosenfels is still hoping to be the Vikings' No. 1 quarterback, but he will be wearing jersey number 2 after losing his bid to convince Sidney Rice to surrender No. 18.

Apparently Sidney Rice is pretty attached to his number.

After attempts by quarterback Sage Rosenfels to get the wide receiver to give up his No. 18 jersey so he could continue to wear it, he told the team's official website he has opted to wear jersey number 2 in 2009.

Word is that Rosenfels was negotiating with Rice to buy the jersey number, a common practice when a veteran who has worn a number for a long period of time joins a new team. The price can range from a few hundred dollar to tens of thousands. There is no telling what sort of price Rice was looking for – or if he wasn't willing to part with his number at any price – but for those who were expecting to see Rosenfels in his familiar No. 18 when he makes his debut for the purple, guess again.

Rosenfels will be just the fifth Viking to wear No. 2, joining kicker Teddy Garcia (1989), wide receiver Chris Gaiters (1990) and punters Leo Araguz (2003) and Darren Bennett (2004-05).

THURSDAY NOTES

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