Ray Edwards eyeballs his departure from Minnesota

NFL_edwards_250.jpgWhen former Vikings receiver Randy Moss crowed about his contractual status in New England, it made big news.

Now, a lesser-known guy who currently plays for the Vikings has delivered a similar message, but with far less sound and/or style.

Defensive end Ray Edwards realizes that, come 2011, he likely won’t be back.

There are too many guys,” Edwards recently told Jeremy Fowler and Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Just on defense, they have me, Chad Greenway, Ben Leber.  [Brett] Favre won’t be here, so they have to find a quarterback.  I just don’t
see it.  I don’t know where I’m going to be.”

Edwards was a restricted free agent in March, despite having four years of service.  In any other year, he would have been an unrestricted free agent.  This year, he fell into the gears of the rules of the uncapped year.

He recognizes he’s “not on of their high-priority guys,” and for good reason.  The Vikings are deep at defensive end, with Brian Robison and Everson Griffen waiting in the wings to take over the spot across from Jared Allen and next to Pat and Kevin Williams.  Though Pat likely won’t be back in 2011, either, the Vikings won’t want to give Edwards a market-value deal when they can replace him internally.  Indeed, the fact that they need a long-term replacement for Pat Williams makes it even less likely that they’d overspend at defensive end.

Then there’s the question of whether Edwards merits a high-end deal.  With all the attention paid to the other defensive linemen, he arguably should have had a breakthrough performance before the 2009 playoffs.  For the regular season, he had a respectable-but-not-stellar 8.5 sacks.  The year before, he had only five.

And that’s why he was surely so miffed about his inability to cash in come March 2010.  With three sacks against the Cowboys and one against the Saints, someone would have overpaid him in the early days of free agency.

He now needs to hope for a similar finish to the 2010 season — and that folks will remember it by the time 2011’s version of free agency begins, whenever that may be.

28 responses to “Ray Edwards eyeballs his departure from Minnesota

  1. Edwards is a very good DE. And while he hasn’t been a constant migraine for the organization since he arrived in MN, he has been a nagging headache. I won’t shed a tear if he leaves. We are deep at DE…

  2. “There are too many guys,” Edwards recently told Jeremy Fowler and Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Just on defense, they have me, Chad Greenway, Ben Leber. [Brett] Favre won’t be here, so they have to find a quarterback. I just don’t see it. I don’t know where I’m going to be.”
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    Don’t bet on #4 not being there…..unless you were in a cave, he made alot more compelling retirement talk a few times already in the past few years.
    One game in and this guy is spouting…shut up and play football.

  3. Pervy says:
    September 17, 2010 9:48 AM
    Ray…quit crying! You sound like those f@cking Packer fans we deal with daily….
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    Come on Pervy….you like to piss off Packer fans. We like to piss you off. It’s all in good fun.
    Thanks for keeping the comments coming.

  4. Ray Edwards is easily replaceable. The Vikings are loaded at DE with players who aren’t me first athletes. If he’s going to start this in week two the Vikings should consider moving him with a pick for Vincent Jackson. Highly unlikely but would be a solid move for the Vikings.

  5. jared allen and the williams wall would make any defensive end look good playing with them. f*ck edwards, the vikes could call back demetrious underwood and he’d put in about the same statistics. they’d have to watch him after practice every day to make sure he wasn’t trying to hang himself in the showers, but it would be about equal to the headache edwards provides.

  6. He’s been a great value for a 4th round pick, and is a solid 2-way player. With the attention Allen and the Williams boys get, his numbers should be better though. I doubt the Vikes will be able or willing to match the offers he’ll get in free agency. They’ve got Jamie Mitchell and Griffen to step in for him if he leaves.

  7. I wonder how Tavaris Jackson is taking that “[Brett] Favre won’t be here, so they have to find a quarterback” comment….haha

  8. Are you sure Ray Edwards is a player for the team and not just a Vikings fan? I mean, he talks big, never did anything, and acts like the world owes him. Are you sure?

  9. steveO – you know the chargers play the 3-4 right? and you know edwards would be a terrible fit in the 3-4 right? i love it when people create trade scenarios that make no sense whatsoever….other than the fact that the vikes need a WR

  10. Why would they give this guy a contract? What ring has he delivered? Heck, I didn’t even know the vikes paid over vet min… Now I find out they’re up against the cap?!?!
    And they don’t win nothin’!
    Obviously the whole roster is money poorly spent.

  11. # anthem says: September 17, 2010 10:14 AM
    why would anyone want to stay with a team that has never won and will never win anything?
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    Why do you stay at a job that sucks? Oh yea…money…dumbass

  12. Jeff Harper–
    Actually, the Vikings are just figuring what everyone else already knew…
    “Never gonna amount to nothing.”

  13. He’s not whining; he’s just being practical. It even sounds as if he’d prefer to stay in MIN if they wanted him. Not to mention, he was probably prompted by this reporter to ruminate on the topic; I doubt he wqas running down a microphone to stir up trouble.
    And he is a solid DE. It’s funny how not so long ago, the Vikings were living in poverty at the position.

  14. ICEWALKER says:Come on Pervy….you like to piss off Packer fans. We like to piss you off. It’s all in good fun.
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    Get it right doucher…I like to piss ON Puker fans….

  15. Now I find out they’re up against the cap?!?!
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    What cap are you talking about shit stain?
    It’s an uncapped year……..
    Hey did you hear?
    WE LANDED ON THE MOON!!!

  16. Viking fans take notice, this isn’t one of your fellow fans. This is a team member from your “precious,” vikings. He knows whats is going on and its EXACTLY what you wanted, you wanted Favre to come back, make a scene. You wanted Superbowl or bust. You better hope like hell this is your year, if it isn’t I am sure the fan base will shrink, because you guys don’t want to wait another 6 years to finally be close to getting to the playoffs again.

  17. Players jumping ship?
    You mean Ray Edwards who bitches about his contract every year. Winfield does the same crap when his contract is up & Culpepper did it all the time.
    Edwards should focus on this yr, get his sacks & play well then he will get his $. Instead he is a whiner.
    Been this way his whole career.

  18. steveO – you know the chargers play the 3-4 right? and you know edwards would be a terrible fit in the 3-4 right? i love it when people create trade scenarios that make no sense whatsoever….other than the fact that the vikes need a WR
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    Why can’t Ray Edwards play the 3-4 Mike McCarthy guy? Not saying your wrong, just want to hear your explanation. Thanks.

  19. # goombar2 says: September 17, 2010 11:39 AM
    Why would they give this guy a contract? What ring has he delivered? Heck, I didn’t even know the vikes paid over vet min… Now I find out they’re up against the cap?!?!
    And they don’t win nothin’!
    Obviously the whole roster is money poorly spent.
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    Do me a favor… Tell me again which players currently on the Packers roster have delivered a ring. What? Really?
    I guess the whole roster is money poorly spent.
    Duf eschel…..

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