Ray Edwards vows to stay away from Vikings
Maybe the Minnesota Vikings won’t have to wait for Ray Edwards as long as Brett Favre, but if you take the defensive end for his word, he’s not going to be around for a while.
Edwards, a restricted free agent who was tendered by the club at the first-round level, has said he’s going to say away from the club’s facility because he’s upset with his contract situation. As an RFA, Edwards could still sign an offer sheet with another club before Thursday’s deadline, but in reality no team is going to fork over a first-round draft pick for the third-best lineman on the Vikings’ roster.
"I won't be (at the team’s facility)," Edwards told Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Whenever I have to sign, that's when I'll sign."
The Vikings’ voluntary offseason workout program commences Monday. Edwards made it be known he plans on skipping that as well as OTA’s, which are also voluntary. The RFA tender he received will pay him $2.5 million this season. Perhaps he would be happier if he would have been tendered at the first- and third-round level, but why? The Vikings placed a first-round tender on him knowing it would protect him. Why overpay?
Edwards had four sacks in the playoffs for the Vikings and career-high 8