The holdout of Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards will continue, at least for another week.
Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Edwards will not report for the team’s mandatory minicamp that begins this weekend. But he will be signing his restricted free agency tender before June 15.
Edwards will sign the tender in order to avoid the potential drop of his current offer from $2.521 million to 110 percent of his 2009 base pay, which per Zulgad equates to $1.1 million.
Edwards also could opt to hold out of training camp and pay the daily fines of roughly $16,000. If, however, he holds out beyond August 10, he’ll lose a year of credit toward free agency. Thus, if the 2011 rules make players eligible for unrestricted free agency after five or six years of service, the four-year veteran would still be a four-year veteran — and thus once again a restricted free agent.