Defensive end Ray Edwards made it clear that he doesn't plan to sign the first-round tender he received from the team until the last minute. That means he won't be at the team's offseason workouts or camps.
Edwards, who led the NFL in sacks with four in the playoffs last season, received the one-year, $2.5 million tender from the Vikings, instead of a getting the first- and third-round tender of $3.2 million. That turned out to be a good move by the Vikings, considering Edwards did not receive an offer sheet from another team.
The amount of the tender is not what upset Edwards most. He is mainly steamed by the fact the NFL's soon-to-expire collective bargaining agreement stopped him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after four seasons. Instead, a player needed six years of service to become unrestricted.
"My frustration is that I signed a four-year contract, I didn't sign a six-year contract," Edwards said. "There's nothing you can really do about it, so I'm just waiting my time, see what I can do to better my situation. I do need to take care of myself and my family. Don't get me wrong, we definitely get paid a nice amount of money but let's be fair here. So that's my thing about the whole situation.
"I'm not mad at the team, not at all. They gave me a chance to live my childhood dream of playing in the NFL, so I can't really be mad at them. In part they can do what's right on their end. But it's a business decision. They are doing their best to [make] the business decision that they feel is best so we'll see where that goes."
Thursday marked the final day that restricted free agents could sign an offer sheet with another team.
After that, Edwards' rights belong solely to the Vikings. But doesn't mean he has to sign the offer the Vikings extended to him right away. That won't need to be signed until June 15. It's at that point the Vikings can drop their tender offer to 110 percent of Edwards' $1.01 million base salary from last year.
Edwards said there have been no discussions of a long-term deal with the Vikings. "I'm not talking to any of those guys," he said. "If they want to talk to me they talk to my agent. For the simple fact, we want to get the deal done. I worked my four years here, the length of my contract, so we just want to get our market share."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I looked at myself on film and was a strong critic of myself and everybody else. I'm doing whatever I can to get better." — Vikings strong safety Tyrell Johnson, discussing how he has watched plenty film of his up-and-down play from last season.