Ray Edwards will be a Viking for at least one more year after signing his tender, which promises to pay him $2.5 million for the 2010 season.
Had Edwards elected to let the Tuesday deadline expire without signing, the Vikings would’ve had the option of reducing their offer to $1.1 million.
Not hard to see why Edwards got the tender signed before the deadline.
The signing means Edwards will now be subject to fines should he choose to skip any more off-season activities. He missed this weekend’s minicamp, but because he wasn’t under contract, the team could do nothing to discipline him.
I’m guessing Edwards’ plan is to show up for camp, disgruntled as he is, and play out his one year contract in hopes of becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2010.
And after that, Ray Edwards will work to become an ex-Viking.
The only thing that could change these plans would be for the Vikes to trade Edwards. Something they have shown no inclination to do thus far.