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Ray Edwards holds out hope for an offer sheet

NFL_edwards.jpgLast month, rumors and reports circulated that the Eagles and/or the Saints could be pursuing Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, a restricted free agent tendered at the first-round level.  To date, nothing has happened.  But with five days remaining until the window for signing offers sheets slam shuts, Edwards has yet to rule out the possibility that an opportunity will come, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

If it doesn’t happen, Edwards won’t be signing his one-year contract with the Vikings.

“I won’t be [at Winter Park],” Edwards said. “Whenever I have to
sign, that’s when I’ll sign.”

As a practical matter, Edwards has to sign by June 15.  Thereafter, the Vikings can reduce the tender offer to 110 percent of Edwards’ base salary for 2009, which would shrink his pay from $2.521 million to $1.1 million.

Zulgad writes that Edwards is upset with the fact that the labor deal increased the years of service necessary to qualify for free agency from four years to six, given the uncapped year.  Still, he’s one of the few who is taking a stand; plenty of other players who would have been unrestricted free agents in an uncapped year have signed their RFA tenders.

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41 Responses to “Ray Edwards holds out hope for an offer sheet”
  1. tjacks7 says: Apr 10, 2010 12:03 AM

    Man he makes me nervous. He seems like one of those guys that’s playing 99% for the money and 1% with a passion for the game. If the Vikes [or anyone else] show him a big payday, I fear he’ll fall off the map.

  2. BigBear123 says: Apr 10, 2010 12:09 AM

    Must suck having to suck up a pay cut and only make $1.1 million a year.
    Maybe we should start a food drive to help him feed his family.

  3. Vikes-N-Favre says: Apr 10, 2010 12:10 AM

    Good. I would rather have Brian Robison as the starting DE opposite Allen anyways. Robison is more like Allen in the sense that he has a non stop motor, and he is a better pass rusher then Edwards.
    If Edwards doesn’t sign his tender until June 15th, that will just give Robison all the time with the first unit and they will gel together. Robison goes about his business in a professional manner whereas Edwards talks so much shit. Like he ever had, or will ever have a shot at breaking Strahan’s single season sack record, but that didn’t stop him from going public with the moronic thought that he would break the record. All that did was bring unwanted attention to the Vikings and it became a distraction.
    My hope is that some team will be dumb enough to sign Edwards to the offer sheet and give up their 1st rd pick for him. With Robison, Mitchell, and now Montgomery at DE for the Vikings, I wouldn’t mind at all if Edwards left and Robison finally got his long overdue shot at being the starting LDE for the Vikings.

  4. Mark0226 says: Apr 10, 2010 12:23 AM

    The Saints just signed a DE, so they are not likely to make him an offer if it will cost them a first round pick. Also, I believe they can only match Mike Bell’s deal, so it would be tough for them to make a compelling offer.

  5. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 10, 2010 12:28 AM

    Send him to the Eagles for the 55th overall pick

  6. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 10, 2010 12:33 AM

    Good.. That guy is a worthless piece of shit. Can’t even make double digit sack counts with all the blocking towards Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, and Pat Williams… This guy is all talk and no play, the crap that comes out of his mouth, like him saying he will break Michael Strahans record… Not even the elite make that claim.

  7. okemon says: Apr 10, 2010 12:33 AM

    i say work a deal for a first or 2nd round pick on draft day
    miami desires a DE or DT with their first pick…. give em edwards and late picks for their first…. then…… we pick up cj spiller hehe

  8. hitman127 says: Apr 10, 2010 12:35 AM

    hes not worth it…hes a good player but had one on ones all season….jared allen, p.will and k.will atract all the attention of double teams.

  9. ZwangZ says: Apr 10, 2010 1:32 AM

    That’s why you don’t give him guaranteed money

  10. globalpack says: Apr 10, 2010 1:49 AM

    “Zulgad writes that Edwards is upset with the fact that the labor deal increased the years of service necessary to qualify for free agency from four years to six, given the uncapped year. Still, he’s one of the few who is taking a stand”
    This stand is so weaksauce. Honestly, it’s business and your union agreed to this stupid ass provision, but at the time, agreeing to the provision probably wasn’t so bad in exchange for 60% gross revenue.
    Players who get caught up in this extended RFA status need to make a business decision. If it had swung the other way, and guys got to be UFA’s after 2 years, I doubt guys would be signing tenders based on how the agreement used to be.

  11. Vikings4life says: Apr 10, 2010 1:54 AM

    If you pay Edwards big money, he’ll be peppers jr, taking plays off

  12. mickey ferr says: Apr 10, 2010 1:58 AM

    i wouldnt mind at all if the eagles traded their 1st round pick for him if there isnt a certain safety or offensive lineman available. I dont think theres any late first round desirable defensive tackles is there?? That would be good too. It’d be a real surprise to see them take a linebacker!!! I’d like it fa shooo

  13. thewizardofbrahs says: Apr 10, 2010 2:01 AM

    he came in big for 2 games last year,did more talking than playing throughout his career,claimed he was gonna break the sack record,which by all means should be done with the attention drawn by the rest of the line,and the dude wants a pay day.take a hike edwards,id like to see brian robison get a shot as a starter anyways.

  14. Manbearpig says: Apr 10, 2010 2:36 AM

    I hope this bag of the word that rhymes with whoosh gets an offer sheet so we can get a first rounder for him. A multi-sack playoff game against the Cowboys a Hall of Fame career does not make.
    Pretty sure pants on the ground guy could round up a few sacks if lined up opposite Jared Allen and the Williams Wall.

  15. Titans*Smoke*Pole says: Apr 10, 2010 3:29 AM

    He had one good game.

  16. last starfighter says: Apr 10, 2010 6:16 AM

    “Zulgad writes that Edwards is upset with the fact that the labor deal increased the years of service necessary to qualify for free agency from four years to six, given the uncapped year. Still, he’s one of the few who is taking a stand; plenty of other players who would have been unrestricted free agents in an uncapped year have signed their RFA tenders.”
    What do you mean he’s taking a stand? You make it sound like he’s being noble for disliking the rules the players union agreed upon. What’s he going to do? hold out with no leverage and make nothing?

  17. PULL&SEAL says: Apr 10, 2010 6:23 AM

    Another disgruntled Viking.

  18. JimmySmith says: Apr 10, 2010 6:56 AM

    Did he fly down to Mississippi to appear before the de facto GM of the Vikings to plead his case?
    He will never get his money unless the King (of INT’s) blesses the transaction.
    I can imagine why the guy who said he was going to break the NFL for sacks in a season can’t find employment in the NFL. Unless you consider that he missed his own prediction by falling 15 sacks short of the record. Much like the Viking fan base, he loves to talk about being the best, performance on the field, not so much.

  19. LittleMac says: Apr 10, 2010 7:49 AM

    It sounds like he is getting some bad advice.

  20. Bazooka Joe says: Apr 10, 2010 8:18 AM

    tjacks7 says:
    April 10, 2010 12:03 AM
    Man he makes me nervous. He seems like one of those guys that’s playing 99% for the money and 1% with a passion for the game. If the Vikes [or anyone else] show him a big payday, I fear he’ll fall off the map.
    So what, fool? You work your McDonalds job because you need the money and your I.Q. mandates that’s the best job you can get.
    Of course, Ray should be about getting as much money as he can.

  21. tjacks7 says: Apr 10, 2010 9:27 AM

    Bazooka Joe says:
    April 10, 2010 8:18 AM
    So what, fool? You work your McDonalds job because you need the money and your I.Q. mandates that’s the best job you can get.
    Of course, Ray should be about getting as much money as he can.
    ————————————————
    Yep, I work at McDonalds. I’m a fry frier, what are you? A janitor? It’s a great place to work isn’t it?
    You clearly don’t understand anything about business, employee relations, or accountability. Continue working your ‘I just need to get to my next paycheck’ job, and I’ll continue to run with the big boys.

  22. MrHumble says: Apr 10, 2010 9:29 AM

    Hopefully the lack of interest in Edwards by other teams will convince him that he is not as good as he thinks he is. Edwards is pretty much all talk ( “I’m gonna break the single season sack record”). I think any average DE could do what he has accomplished when playing along side 3 All Pros. He seems to think that because he playing alongside 3 All Pros that it automatically makes him an All Pro too. I think Ray needs a little “attitude ajustment” and it could start by him taking a long hard look in the mirror. When he made his “infamous” claim of breaking the single season sack record, it was based on knowing that he would receive single coverage at the line of scrimmage what with Jared Allen and the Williams Wall be doubled every play……the expectations that others and himself had for him never materialized and while the rest of the NFL has noticed that on film, apparently Edwards hasn’t. A first rd. pick for Edwards would be a gift and I suspect the Vikings are quite aware of that too.

  23. shiftyshellshocked says: Apr 10, 2010 10:04 AM

    Ray was decent this year but should have been a bigger threat since Jared Allen was double teamed the whole season. Average at best.

  24. USG says: Apr 10, 2010 10:38 AM

    LOL, I like Edwards and all, but I don’t think he is worth a 1st round pick, and it seems no other team does either, so what will he do when he doesn’t get an offer? Sit out for the year? He has absolutely no leverage. The Vikes could plug almost anyone at his spot and get the same production considering the other 3 players they have lined up on that wall.
    Now, I wouldn’t mind the Eagles trading for him, because we all know the Eagles need DE help, but I would be pissed if they gave a 1st rounder for him, and I doubt they would anyway. They already traded for another DE (Daryl Tapp), probably when they realized that the Vikings won’t work out and trade and won’t accept anything less than a 1st for him.
    He better get his act together, because with the attitude that he is showing, he isn’t gonna have many teams wanting him, and that is all he got right now.

  25. knightsroundtable says: Apr 10, 2010 10:46 AM

    No one is going to give a 1st round pick for him. I like the the guy, a first round pick no. I say sign the RFA Tender and be happy with 2 mil. Stop crying about money.

  26. Pervy Harvin says: Apr 10, 2010 11:20 AM

    The guy has potential( Yah Ray,you still have to prove you are good) but I don’t like his ghetto punk attitude. Keep dreaming about the NFL sack record Ray and STFU! You act as if you are a Pro Bowler. Definitely an I before team kind of guy. All about the money.

  27. allday28 says: Apr 10, 2010 11:43 AM

    He thinks he is so great but yet he doesnt produce when he is always single covered because of the 3 really good players on the line

  28. Cannon says: Apr 10, 2010 12:02 PM

    He’s an up and comming player but it’s clear he plays soley for the $. Is it any coincidence that he had his best year as a pro in what should have been a contract year?? I’m not really worried about him because we have Brian Robison, who plays all out on every play and has flashed alot of potential, not to mention he has the coolest onfield gear in the league.

  29. AdamEagle5 says: Apr 10, 2010 12:13 PM

    no one will give up a 1st rd pick for this guy… drop down to a third and you’ll get callers…

  30. Big BrEasy says: Apr 10, 2010 12:15 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    April 10, 2010 11:20 AM
    The guy has potential( Yah Ray,you still have to prove you are good) but I don’t like his ghetto punk attitude. Keep dreaming about the NFL sack record Ray and STFU! You act as if you are a Pro Bowler. Definitely an I before team kind of guy. All about the money.
    ————————————————–
    Someone steal your password bro? Never thought you would admit that a player on your team is not the best in the league!! We gonna eat you up this year!!!

  31. Pervy Harvin says: Apr 10, 2010 1:08 PM

    Big BrEasy- I tell it like it is gumbo brain. Eat us up?? LOL Keep on dreamin’ ……. sure your morning beignet didn’t have LSD in it?

  32. ohgoodie says: Apr 10, 2010 2:22 PM

    Ray Ray is still very young and plays with an edge and he’s from purdue so he’s smart. He’s also typically good for about 5-7 personal fouls a year. I like him, I think the vikes would be wise to lock him up for a 3-4 year deal.

  33. realheavyd says: Apr 10, 2010 2:40 PM

    He can forget about the Saints then. They just signed ex-Bears DE Alex Brown for a song and are looking at DE Jimmy Wilkerson from the Buccs next…

  34. purple hay-seuss says: Apr 10, 2010 2:48 PM

    Like most Saints fans, BigBrEasy believes that since they won the Super Bowl, and beating Minny in the process, that forever and ever they will dominate the Vikings.
    Considering that the Vikings literally fumbled that game away and the Saints won only by an OT FG, we’ll see.

  35. Supersuckers says: Apr 10, 2010 7:06 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    April 10, 2010 1:08 PM
    Big BrEasy- I tell it like it is gumbo brain. Eat us up?? LOL Keep on dreamin’ ……. sure your morning beignet didn’t have LSD in it?
    ———
    Pervy why are you still talking all that whigger jive?

  36. Supersuckers says: Apr 10, 2010 7:10 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    April 10, 2010 1:08 PM
    Big BrEasy- I tell it like it is gumbo brain. Eat us up?? LOL Keep on dreamin’ ……. sure your morning beignet didn’t have LSD in it?
    ———
    Ladies and gentlemen I present Pervy Harvin’s hero….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tI4CbCniBI

  37. Big BrEasy says: Apr 10, 2010 7:56 PM

    purple hay-seuss says:
    April 10, 2010 2:48 PM
    Like most Saints fans, BigBrEasy believes that since they won the Super Bowl, and beating Minny in the process, that forever and ever they will dominate the Vikings.
    Considering that the Vikings literally fumbled that game away and the Saints won only by an OT FG, we’ll see.
    ————————————————–
    You see, Purple hay-seuss, its not in my nature to rub that shit team you call the Vikings in your face, but there was MAJOR smack talk coming out of your state before the NFCCG!—ALL TALK, no game. This just karma baby! If you don’t like it………WIN A SUPER BOWL!!

  38. jebdamone says: Apr 10, 2010 9:43 PM

    i like the DL rotation that the vikings currently have and appreciate that ray has been the starter for a couple of years and has gotten better as the years go on, but he is by no means anything special. i think the vikings are happy to keep him another year for 2mill a year, but also probably just as happy to take a first rounder for him.
    we are not very deep at the DE position. i like robison a lot and think he can be very disruptive but he is undersized and not really an every down DE.

  39. Pervy Harvin says: Apr 11, 2010 8:39 AM

    @ Supersuckers- we all know why you even know that commercial exists. You want to blow that big buck!

  40. Supersuckers says: Apr 11, 2010 10:37 AM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    April 11, 2010 8:39 AM
    @ Supersuckers- we all know why you even know that commercial exists. You want to blow that big buck!
    ———-
    No Whig. you do. That was my point. your weiner gets a little tingle when you see that commercial. I mean seriously. you have so much envy of that clown in that ad that you just called him a “big buck”. i was dead on!!!!!!!!

  41. Supersuckers says: Apr 11, 2010 1:06 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    April 11, 2010 8:39 AM
    @ Supersuckers- we all know why you even know that commercial exists. You want to blow that big buck!
    ———-
    No Whig. you do. That was my point. your weiner gets a little tingle when you see that commercial. I mean seriously. you have so much envy of that clown in that ad that you just called him a “big buck”. i was dead on!!!!!!!!

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