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Vikings issue RFA tenders to Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards, three others

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Receiver Sidney Rice plans to test the free-agent waters before deciding whether to remain a Viking.  If the Vikings have their way, he’ll do it as a restricted free agent.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the team has applied restricted free agency tenders to Rice, defensive end Ray Edwards, defensive end Brian Robison, safety Husain Abdullah, and offensive lineman Ryan Cook.

Rice and Edwards received first-round tenders; the rest were tendered at the second-round level.

Teams are applying the tenders because the rules of the uncapped year make players eligible for unrestricted free agency only after racking up six years of service.  If the new labor deal (when there’s a new labor deal) reduces the threshold to the capped-year minimum of four, the RFA tenders presumably will evaporate.

So why are teams treating players who are destined to be unrestricted as if they’re restricted?  It’s all part of the leverage game; if/when the union begins to make concessions on issues like the revenue formula or the length of the season or the rookie wage scale, the league can agree to move the trigger for unrestricted free agency from six to four years, and the players will be able to claim that they scored a victory at the bargaining table.

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8 Responses to “Vikings issue RFA tenders to Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards, three others”
  1. doublefatnasty says: Mar 2, 2011 11:17 PM

    I hope the restriction stays and someone gives up a first rounder for sid or ray. The Vikes need to get younger.

  2. halestorm74 says: Mar 2, 2011 11:36 PM

    Winning

  3. ilpackerbacker says: Mar 3, 2011 1:02 AM

    Question about the Vikings … Ryan Longwell’s stupid wife bitched about how Applebee’s was the only place to eat in Green Bay. Darren Sharper got sent there by Ted Thompson. We all know the lame Favre story. Who wins the war?

    Answer – Ted Thompson, LOL. Awesome.

  4. nothimagain says: Mar 3, 2011 1:36 AM

    The union isn’t going to allow the NFL to treat reverting to pre-2010 with regards to free agency as a concession on the part of the owners.
    Likely what will happen is the NFLPA will demand unrestricted free agency after 3 years if the league holds to its 18 games and more revenue demands.
    Frankly, I’d be shocked if this is one confession the union doesn’t get.
    Also, the NFLPA will probably get shorter rookie contracts in exchange for a rookie wage scale.

    At any rate, revenue is the biggie – whoever wins that battle will be making a lot of concessions on the “minor” issues.

  5. yerkweezy says: Mar 3, 2011 2:16 AM

    Get what we can get. Hate to lose Edwards but I’ll take a 1st rounder for him. Go vikes let’s rebuild. Finding it rough to watch football on Sunday’s.

  6. vikefan says: Mar 3, 2011 7:22 AM

    This stupid cat & mouse game is all B S. I presume these tenders mean nothing until a labor deal is done & then this “mock” positioning is all a smoke screen by teams.

  7. JimmySmith says: Mar 3, 2011 7:43 AM

    Edwards got a first round tender? Talk about stealing candy from a baby, at some point the Vikings just need to recognize that Edwards talks a bigger game than he plays on the field and pay him accordingly. Which is not first round tender money.

    And considering the play of the Viking secondary in 2010, why submit an offer to anybody back there much less Abdullah?

    Does anyone know what they are doing in that front office? The answer to that lies in the standings; last place behind the Lions.

  8. ejmat2 says: Mar 3, 2011 8:51 AM

    JimmySmith says:
    Mar 3, 2011 7:43 AM
    Edwards got a first round tender? Talk about stealing candy from a baby, at some point the Vikings just need to recognize that Edwards talks a bigger game than he plays on the field and pay him accordingly. Which is not first round tender money.

    And considering the play of the Viking secondary in 2010, why submit an offer to anybody back there much less Abdullah?

    Does anyone know what they are doing in that front office? The answer to that lies in the standings; last place behind the Lions.
    —————————————
    See, here is another example of you being so obsessed with Vikings. Yes I will point it out every time you do it.

    The fact is you make great points in this post up until the the very last sentence. Yes, we all know the Vikings finished in last place in the NFCN. That is news to no one. However, how many times in the history of the Vikings have they finished in last? Not very many. In fact the last time was 1990 prior to this year. Let’s compare your beloved Packers to the Vikings. Weren’t the Pack their just a few years ago?

    In their history both the Packers and the Vikings have made the playoffs 26 times. Guess what? The Packers have been in existance since 1919, the Vikings since 1961.

    NFCN Division Winners – Vikings 18; Pack 13

    Now the Packers have won many Championships vs the Vikings 1 NFL Championship. Some will say that’s all that counts and they may have a point. However, if you want to continue bringing up the fact of how superior the Packers are compared to the Vikings if you do some research and showed some intelligence you will see how very wrong you are.

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