Rice, Wang in China promoting football

Sidney Rice tweets a picture from a flag football tournament in Beijing Monday.

Vikings WR Sidney Rice and Bills LT Ed Wang are in Beijing this week playing flag football with the local youth and spreading the NFL word in an attempt to popularize the game internationally.

Wang is the only player of full Chinese ancestry in the league. He was drafted last year by the Bills out of Virginia Tech in the fifth round.

Also joining Rice and Wang in Asia are former Vikings S Jack Brewer and former Lions LB Barrett Green.

Both Rice and Wang have been chronicling the trip on their Twitter pages.

As for Rice’s future in Minnesota, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported that the Vikings will not put a transition tag on Rice, but would love to keep him in the fold instead of letting him test the market (pending a new version of CBA free agency rules.)

The Vikes placed a franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway on Monday.

The NFL launched NFLChina.com and opened an office in Beijing in 2007 in an attempt to build a fan base in the country.

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