Key deadline fast approaching for unsigned RFA's

The Miami Dolphins veered from the norm and opted to host a minicamp on Memorial Day weekend when the rest of the NFL is taking it easy.

The Minnesota Vikings will hold their minicamp June 11-13 and the word to this point is that defensive end Ray Edwards, snared in the labor battle as a restricted free agent who any other year would have been unrestricted, will not attend.

It’s a mandatory minicamp but the key is it is only mandatory to players under contract. Edwards has not signed his tender as a restricted free agent and may opt to stay away without facing a fine.

But business will get going again Tuesday as the calendar turns to June and we’ll see how far the unsigned RFA’s want to take things. A key date is fast approaching for them. On June 15, teams can reduce the offer of the one-year tender to 110 percent of the player’s 2009 base salary. In many instances, that means the new offer will be less than half of the current offer. If players really want to push their case, maybe they’ll go that far. In Edwards' case, he could skip minicamp and then sign his tender just before the June 15 deadline. He probably wouldn't have to do all that to let the Vikings know he's upset with his situation. Just guessing.

Here is an unofficial sampling of some RFA’s from the NFC who have yet to sign tenders:

Dallas: WR Miles Austin
Green Bay: S Atari Bigby, DE Johnny Jolly, CB Tramon Williams
New Orleans: OT Jammal Brown, S Roman Harper, WR Lance Moore, RB Pierre Thomas
Tampa Bay: OT Donald Penn
Washington: LB Rocky McIntosh, CB Carlos Rogers

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