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Ray Edwards signs his tender

NFL_edwards_250.jpgFacing a June 15 deadline for signing his first-round tender before the number plummets to 110 percent of his 2009 base salary, Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards has done the smart thing.

The team has announced via its website that Edwards has, as predicted last week by Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, signed his one-year offer, locking Edwards in at $2.521 million for the coming season.  If Edwards had failed to sign the tender by June 15, the team could have reduced his offer all the way down to $1.1 million.

Edwards had boycotted all offseason workouts.  He has explained that his frustration attaches not to the team but to the rules of the uncapped year, which prevented him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.  Given his performance in the 2009 postseason, he likely would have cashed in via a long-term deal, or he would have received $12.398 million as the team’s franchise player.

So while $2.521 million represents a hefty annual pay rate, the number pales in comparison to what might have been.

His long-term future remains undecided.  With Jared Allen already receiving a ton of money, the Vikings may decide to go with a far cheaper option in Everson Griffin, a fourth-round rookie out of USC.

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22 Responses to “Ray Edwards signs his tender”
  1. Ravensatron says: Jun 14, 2010 12:39 PM

    A lot of money for a player who has had 1 good game in his career

  2. BengalsDouche2 says: Jun 14, 2010 12:47 PM

    We’ll take Ray down here in the Nati. He grew up here and we need a decent pass rusher. Come on Ray!

  3. Chapnasty2 says: Jun 14, 2010 12:52 PM

    It really doesn’t matter who plays on the opposite of Jared Allen, they are going to have a great year every year. Edwards is in a great situation there for a guy with average talent.

  4. CanadianVikingFan says: Jun 14, 2010 12:59 PM

    He gets paid tons of money to get stuffed, sounds like a pornstar.

  5. Bun McSticky says: Jun 14, 2010 1:07 PM

    This is good for the Vikes, as they are loving what they are seeing so far from the rookie Griffin….and Edwards is so far a one-half season wonder.

  6. HeGotGame says: Jun 14, 2010 1:09 PM

    8.5 sacks last year in the regular season, 2nd in the league in qb hurries. I guess he got all that in one game….

  7. Ilovefoolsball says: Jun 14, 2010 1:11 PM

    Why would the Vikings waste $2.5 mil for this bum?
    I just don’t get their thought process. “Let’s let Brett Favre be king overlord, ruler of the team, while we’re at it we’ll give Adrian Peterson a heavier ball to carry, this way when he carries the light ball it will come out easier, oh and by the way, let’s pay Ray Allen $2.5 Million, an overrated big mouthed player who has done little to bring down opposing QB’s but has done a lot to give the opposing teams motivation to shut the grand canyon sized hole in his face.

  8. c.carterhof says: Jun 14, 2010 1:20 PM

    If he played fo GB Ray would be making alot more. Because he would be their best D-lineman.
    Sorry Ray, you are only good for 4th best on the Vikes .

  9. Vikadontis Rex says: Jun 14, 2010 1:33 PM

    HeGotGame: I could get 1 sack every 2 games if I knew EVERY SINGLE DOWN I would be single covered, just like Edwards. I understand his frustration but we would not have franchised him, Robison and Griffin can more than take over for him.
    Hey look, his prediction is ALMOST right. He’s one sack away from reaching the single season sack record with his total career sacks… only took him 4+ years…

  10. JimmySmith says: Jun 14, 2010 1:53 PM

    Hang in there with me, I realize you Viking fans are likely products of the Minnesota public school system. $2.5 for 8 sacks comes out to roughly $300 K per sack.
    Pretty good work if you can find it and at those numbers, there are not too many teams willing to part with that much cash for so little production. But then, this is Alice in Wonderland when it come to compensation, they paid over $12 million for a QB who has a ten year trend of choking in the playoffs, they made Petersen one of the highest paid backs to go along with his league leading fumbling totals, they sign Childress to a long term contract extension despite, at the time, having never won a playoff game. That’s a lot of zeros for a team that also has a big Zero, in the championship column. As in never (ever, ever) winning a championship.

  11. Tsinakis311 says: Jun 14, 2010 2:32 PM

    jimmysmith,
    You are so damn jealous. You should save all your viking rants and someday when you grow up you can read them and look back and thank god that you arent that immature little dumb f#ck anymore. Until then most of us (excluding BobNelson) will just look and shake our heads and question your parents and how you were brought up. I am guessing that your mom raised you and your stepdad has beat the snot out of you everyday. Your only escape from those beatings is to watch the packers on sundays. But now since the Vikings took your all time favorite player and smoked you both times last year you have no escape from your pain. Thus you take it out on all of us here on PFT.
    Jimmy, its not your fault. Its not your fault. Its not your fault. Its not your fault. Its not your fault.

  12. Purple Norseman says: Jun 14, 2010 2:57 PM

    Um JimmySmith……
    Vikes only signed Chilly to a three year extention. I wouldn’t exactly call that “long term”. Adrain Peterson is still under his rookie contract. Before you attempt to bash a team you should probably check your facts before you rant otherwise you just look like an ill-informed troll, which ironically you are.

  13. RC IV says: Jun 14, 2010 3:03 PM

    Jimmy, you turd.
    Outside of Matthews, not 1 Packer had more than 5 sacks last year.
    Jenkins: 4.5 sacks, $3.86 million= $965,000 per sack.
    Barnett: 4 sacks , 4.68 Million = $1.215,000 per sack.
    $12 million for Favre is not out of line. He’s in the playoffs nearly every year, that gives whatever team he is on a shot, that is all you can ask for.
    Peterson is still on his rookie contract, he was drafted 7th overall, of course he is going to get mega dollars.
    It’s funny too, Rodgers never won a playoff game (still hasn’t) and he got a big contract.
    Nope we dont have a title. Id rather not have one than be reduced to bragging about 42-89 year old ones though.
    You Packer fans sure are pathetic cling to those.
    Like they are relevant to 2010.
    I suggested some things to you ahile back, it’s a shame you didn’t heed my advice.
    If you want, I can stop over and help you out with it.
    Like i said, you would not be missed, on or offline.

  14. JimmySmith says: Jun 14, 2010 3:09 PM

    Damn right its not my fault. Just for the record, I am thrilled the Brent Favre is no longer a Packer, I got sick of getting through a challenging 16 game season only to see the team go down in flames because the QB sucked in playoffs (only this past year can you relate to such an experience) I don’t have a step dad and was never really beaten as a child so we can’t blame it there.
    I just feel like its my civic duty to keep you Viking fans on a level plane, to remind you on the shortcomings of the team and to hopefully instill a realistic set of expectations for the coming year. I am afraid that some of you might commit suicide when you finally begin to realize that Childress is a fraud, Favre is a choke artist, and Ziggy is in it for the money and will move the team at the drop of a hat. Then, we would both be on the same side, watching Packer games.

  15. Tsinakis311 says: Jun 14, 2010 3:38 PM

    You are wrong about Ziggy. The hat has dropped and he continues to spend money. If anything he will sell the team to somebody that will move them.
    Chilly is a fraud. Bad coach that just needs to limit his mistakes and this talented roster will do the work for him.
    Favre is the best QB we have had since the one year with Randall Cunningham. Oh, and Culpepper had one amazing year.

  16. sand0 says: Jun 14, 2010 4:12 PM

    Edwards is a pretty decent player. He’s not an elite pass rusher like Allen but he’s still a better than average rusher and I’d say as far as DE’s playing that side of the line he’s one of the better ones. Usually the elite guys go agaisnt he left tackle.

  17. JimmySmith says: Jun 14, 2010 4:30 PM

    Watch Childress coach this season and then come back to me and tell me if three years isn’t long term. Keep him for as long as you want, he represents one of the true weak links for the success of the franchise. Practice counting to 11 and then stop, Childress couldn’t even pull that off.

  18. seals says: Jun 14, 2010 4:31 PM

    Well it looks like Ray will only wear the horns for one more year so you better make it count. If you want to get paid go earn it.
    Ray will get us one more year and I’m happy to get that year. Griffen and Robison will need to fill the hole. Next man up!

  19. pkrlvr says: Jun 14, 2010 5:09 PM

    Jimmysmith, why do you insist on proving how dumb you are over and over and over. A. Check out the sack stats above, makes your first post look pretty ignorant. B. Favre played a spectacular year and the fact that you wouldn’t want him on your team says a lot more about you than Favre. C. How old are you? Brent? Really??? And D. How many f*ckin Viking threads do you need to post in before you realize what a troll you truly are?

  20. TheVerve says: Jun 14, 2010 9:12 PM

    RC IV,
    Great post!

  21. royale2k100 says: Jun 15, 2010 12:05 AM

    # Tsinakis311 says: June 14, 2010 2:32 PM
    jimmysmith,
    You are so damn jealous. You should save all your viking rants and someday when you grow up you can read them and look back and thank god that you arent that immature little dumb f#ck anymore. Until then most of us (excluding BobNelson) will just look and shake our heads and question your parents and how you were brought up. I am guessing that your mom raised you and your stepdad has beat the snot out of you everyday. Your only escape from those beatings is to watch the packers on sundays. But now since the Vikings took your all time favorite player and smoked you both times last year you have no escape from your pain. Thus you take it out on all of us here on PFT.
    Jimmy, its not your fault. Its not your fault. Its not your fault. Its not your fault. Its not your fault.
    ———-
    How the heck are you getting all of that from a simply football post. The guy is just here talking about football. JimmySmith is simply stating the facts, the Vikings have no championships and will never fill that empty trophy case. Tsinakis311 stop trying to avoid that fact by posting nonsensical comments by acting like a psychologist. In fact I’ll go with that. Yup you’re a failed psychologist who’s trying to show his intellectual prowess by deriving peoples’ pasts through meaningless hours of scouring Vikings related comments. You escape your pain by going through PFT everyday to prove to yourself that you know something.

  22. RC IV says: Jun 15, 2010 8:55 AM

    Royale, you are obviously new here.
    Even fellow packer fans think Jimmy is a turd.

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