As we know Ray Edwards is not the happiest camper. He ran his mouth last year when being hit with a restricted tender on how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes more money than him “pushing a pen”, he’s referred to himself as a Former Minnesota Viking and now he’s at it again. While Ray is set to square off this weekend against former kickboxer TJ Gibson at Grand Casino Hinckley, he said the following about how he feels about his NFL future with the purple…
“I’ve openly said I won’t play for the Vikings, because of the simple fact of my backup is getting paid 70 more percent than I am — there’s no way I can do that to myself. I’d rather do what I love doing. I love doing football as well. But if there’s nobody that’s going to trade for me, I will be definitely focusing on boxing.”
Really Ray? To some extent we feel your pain. You’ve been in the league 5 years now, have had two seasons in a row with at least 8 sacks (argument aside on the offensive lines attention being drawn towards Jared Allen and the Williams Wall) and have some merit towards your entitlement towards a larger deal… but no one is above the rules. If the 2010 free agency rules apply in the 2011 season you won’t have much of a choice but to play out the season making just over $3 million. Most of TVA’s readers dream of having a life savings of that amount of money. But the money you’re making this weekend in the ring is $5000. The price of a nice set of furniture or ones annual IRA contribution… that’s something we can relate to a little more. Good luck this weekend. We’re pulling for you in the ring. Just know that you’re going to have to fight on many occasions to make over $3 million. And also don’t run your mouth proclaiming to be “The Greatest.” That’s Muhammad Ali’s job.
Jon Merckle may be followed on Twitter @thevikingpig