Last 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.