The negotiation of a new CBA may wipe out all tenders, tags and other designations, but that isn’t stopping teams from using them. So far the Vikings have handed out a total of six RFA tenders with more possibly to come as the tender deadline approaches.
The biggest name involved is Sidney Rice, who received a first-round tender – but not the first- and third-round tender some might have anticipated. Ray Edwards, a man who was widely believed to be on his way out of town at one point, also received a first-round tender.
Second-round tenders were handed out to Husain Abdullah, Brian Robison and Ryan Cook. A right of first refusal tender was used on Eric Frampton and Erin Henderson. As of now, Fred Evans is the one potential RFA whose tender status is not known.
Several players were not tendered at all by the Vikings, releasing them into the murky waters of free agency. As expected, Tarvaris Jackson was among these cast-offs. Hank Baskett and Albert Young were also allowed to walk as anticipated. In a semi-surprising move, the Vikings non-tendered Naufahu Tahi.
The only solid news to come out of this series of moves is that now we know Tarvaris Jackson is gone for sure. With the CBA set to blow up tonight, bringing on the nuclear winter of a lockout, this could be the last bit of semi-useful info we hear about our team for quite some time. So I guess we better enjoy it, meager as it is.