Report: Ray Edwards to sign tender after missing minicamp

If there was any lingering doubt about what Ray Edwards will do this weekend – or where he will be – there isn’t any longer.

You can rule out Edwards being one place, anyway. He’s not going to show up for minicamp this weekend in Eden Prairie, Minn., for the Minnesota Vikings. That has been pretty much what has been expected all along from the disgruntled defensive end, and Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune locks it down. Edwards will skip minicamp this weekend but does plan to sign his one-year tender between the end of minicamp and Tuesday, the deadline at which point the Vikings could reduce his one-year tender to 110 percent of his 2009 base salary.

As it stands, Edwards will sign a $2.521 million tender, sources have told Zulgad. He cannot be penalized for passing on minicamp because he is not under contract until he puts his John Hancock on the RFA tender.

Edwards is one of the more than 200 players leaguewide that was caught in the gap created by the labor war. He was due to be an unrestricted free agent and is disappointed with his offer. Edwards had a strong postseason with four sacks, but a case can be constructed that he is the team’s third-best lineman and that his production is, to a degree, the result of the amount of solo blocks he gets playing opposite Jared Allen and on a line with disruptive tackle Kevin Williams.

The Vikings might not have a happy player this season, but they should have a player motivated to go out and put up big statistics once again. He had 8

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