VU Daily Blog: 6/8/10

Ray Edwards continues his stance, the OTAs wrap up and a Saint is caught up in the StarCaps wash. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 3:52:00 PM

Report: Edwards will do as he said, skip minicamp

Defensive end Ray Edwards will skip this weekend's minicamp but will sign his restricted free-agent tender by the June 15 deadline, according to what NFL sources told the Star Tribune.

This has been Edwards' plan for months and Vikings coach Brad Childress said he didn't have any update on Edwards' situation last Friday. Since Edwards isn't technically under contract until he signs the tender, he can't be penalized financially until June 15, when the team could opt to lower their offer to 110 percent of his 2009 salary, which would be a drop of about $1.4 million of his current $2.521 million one-year tender.

Because he is a restricted free agent due to this being the "Final League Year" with no extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement in sight, Edwards is left with little choice but to sign the option by June 15 or risk losing more than $1 million dollars.

Edwards has skipped all of the team's offseason program this year.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 10:56:00 AM

Saints' Smith caught in the middle of StarCaps

Pat and Kevin Williams are vigilantly pursuing their ability to continue playing while their StarCaps case against the NFL continues with the appeals process. But while they fight their four-game suspensions while alleging that the NFL violated Minnesota laws regarding drugs in the workplace, the Saints have a player of their own stuck in limbo.

Defensive end Will Smith is caught in the middle, not wanting to serve a suspension for ingesting StarCaps, a dietary supplement containing the banned ingredient bumetanide (which wasn't listed on the label), but Smith also wants the saga to be over.

"So far, it looks as if we'll be able to play the whole season," Smith told Alex Marvez of and Sirius NFL Radio. "But my biggest thing is to try and get this resolved so we all can put it in the past. It just keeps lingering there. I'm not speaking for the Williamses, but I know personally I would just to resolve the thing."

So would the Williams Wall, but they also don't think they were treated fairly when the NFL suspended them and not other players who tested positive for bumetanide in the past, according to court documents.

"I think me and Pat both want the situation to be over with. We're trying to get the appeal going, but we wish it would happen sooner," Kevin said last month. "… We want it go away. If that being us settling something, that's settling something. We're not trying to go through this another year, I don't think."

"It's a thorn in your foot," Smith told Marvez. "It's just always there and everybody keeps talking about it. At the end of the day, we feel like we didn't do anything wrong because it wasn't like we were using steroids. We're like, ‘We know we made a mistake by taking something on the banned substance list.' We want to try and resolve it the best way we can and move forward. We don't want it to stain our careers that any time we talk about those guys that everybody refers to the Starcaps."

While the Williamses would like the case to be resolved as well, they want what they view as a fair outcome as well.

"We win the small battles, but the ultimate thing is we want to win the war and right now that's not over," Kevin said.

The Saints and Vikings face each other in the season opener on Sept. 9.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM

Vikings finishing OTAs

The Vikings are holding two scaled-back OTA sessions this week to conclude their allotted 14 sessions of organized team activities that started last month.

With four years of experience under Brad Childress' offensive system and three years with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, the veteran starters were mostly absent during the installation of the basics with the younger, less experienced players. Starting safeties Tyrell Johnson and Madieu Williams have been staples of the OTA sessions over the last four weeks, but many of the other starters either showed up for a couple sessions or were present for stretching sessions and returned to strength and conditioning drills instead practicing.

The list of stretching-and-strengthening guys included injured and post-surgery players like Steve Hutchinson, Pat Williams, Cedric Griffin and E.J. Henderson. Anthony Herrera and Bryant McKinnie took part in limited practice activities while they recovered from surgery and injury, respectively.

DE Ray Edwards, who still hasn't signed his restricted free-agent tender, hasn't attended any of the sessions and isn't expected to attend this weekend's minicamp, which is mandatory for the players under contract. Edwards is unhappy that the NFL and NFL Players Association haven't agreed on an extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, making him an unrestricted free agent this year instead of being able to negotiate freely with other teams.

Tarvaris Jackson, Ryan Cook and more than 200 other players throughout the league fell under the same situation, but Cook and Jackson decided to sign their tenders and attend the OTA sessions.

Friday marks the start of the Vikings' minicamp weekend. The team is scheduled to have one practice on Friday afternoon, two on Saturday and conclude with a session on Sunday morning. The players will then be off until the start of training camp at the end of July.


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