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Report: Vikes put 1st round tender on Edwards

How much is end opposite Allen worth? Brad Biggs

Print This March 03, 2010, 06:07 PM EST

It doesn’t represent the longterm deal that Ray Edwards is hoping to receive, but there are not many players landing those right now.

The defensive end has had the first-round tender placed on him as a restricted free agent, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That means Edwards will be in line to earn $2.521 million this season, a relative bargain for a player who made 8 ½ sacks in the regular season and then led the team with four in two postseason games.

Of course, the difficulty comes in placing a value on Edwards. Opponents are scheming to stop the pass rusher on the other side, Jared Allen, and the Vikings have a premier pass rusher in the middle too in tackle Kevin Williams. So much is he worth? The answer, for 2010, is a first-round tender.

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