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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