ESPN Report: Edwards To Receive 1st Round Tender

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 3, 2010 – 5:44 pm

The Vikings have not confirmed, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that restricted free agent (RFA) DE Ray Edwards will be tendered at the 1st round level. If true, this means that the the Vikings have offered Edwards a 1-year contract worth roughly $2.5 million and if Edwards signs with another team the Vikings will have the right of first refusal. The Vikings would also receive a 1st round pick as compensation of Edwards signs elsewhere.

During the NFL Scouting Combine, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman indicated that the Vikings had decided how they were going to tender each of their RFAs. But they also declined to share those decisions publically, a move that makes sense.

The deadline for extending qualifying offers to RFAs is Thursday evening at 10:59 CT, so we likely won’t know anything officially until that time.

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Two More Years From Favre?

Posted by cjsiewert on March 3, 2010 – 4:10 pm

While surfing through my regular sites regarding Vikings news and updates, I came across this interesting report from VikingUpdate’s Tim Yotter.

Viking All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson expressed his hopes to for future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre to play with the team for not only next year, but for the next 2 years.

“I hope he comes back for another year or two, gives us another two years.  I think we could win back-to-back Super Bowls,” Peterson said.  “I’d take one.  But the talent we have on both sides of the football with Favre – just the talent we have on offense, defense, all phases – I feel like we can go as high as we want.”

Peterson also acknowledged that it is uncertain what Favre will ultimately decide regarding his future with the Vikings.  Many Vikings fans will be looking for an answer to this uncertainty this Thursday night when Favre will make and appearance on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show,” but there are no signs of Favre mentioning his plans for the future.

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Report: Paymah To Become Free Agent

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 3, 2010 – 2:16 pm

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune writes that the Vikings will not extend a qualifying offer to Karl Paymah, meaning the CB will hit the free agent market on Thursday evening at 11:01 p.m. CT.

As a 5-year veteran, Paymah was one of many players who had an expiring contract this offseason but would not become an unrestricted free agent because of the new rules that govern an uncapped year. But if the Vikings do not tender Paymah, he’ll become a free agent and can sign with any team.

The Vikings have several other players currently on the roster who have expiring contracts but also have fewer than the 6 required years to become unrestricted free agents (UFAs). They are: OL Ryan Cook, DE Ray Edwards, DT Fred Evans, S Eric Frampton, QB Tarvaris Jackson and FB Fahu Tahi. The Vikings have until 10:59 p.m. on Thursday night to extend qualifying offers to these players or else they, too, become free agents and can sign with any team beginning at 11:01 p.m. on Thursday.

Going back to Paymah, he was a free agent signing from last offseason and was involved in the training camp battle for the nickel back position. He saw most of his time on special teams and also saw the field after Antoine Winfield injured his foot against Baltimore in Week 6. Ultimately, Paymah played in 12 games for the Vikings but he didn’t crack the lineup after the Vikings Week 13 loss at Arizona.

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2011 Pro Bowl Moves Back To Hawaii

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 3, 2010 – 8:49 am

The Vikings had 10 players earn Pro Bowl berths after the 2009 season and 4 of them – Jared Allen, Heath Farwell, Steve Hutchinson and Adrian Peterson – were healthy enough to make the trip to South Florida the week prior to the Super Bowl and play in the all-star game.

After next season, though, any Vikings who earn Pro Bowl berths and elect to play in the game will have a different itinerary.

The NFL announced on Tuesday that the 2011 Pro Bowl, which will be played a week before Super Bowl XLV, is returning to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii after leaving the island for the 2010 version. The decision to play the NFL’s All-Star Game the week before the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year follows a significant increase in viewership for the 2010 Pro Bowl, the first Pro Bowl to precede the Super Bowl.

According to the NFL’s release, the 2010 Pro Bowl on ESPN was watched by an average of 12.3 million viewers, the most for a Pro Bowl since 2000 (13.2 million viewers) and a 40 percent increase from the 2009 game (8.8 million viewers). The 12.3 million viewers also marked the largest viewership for an All-Star game in any sport on cable television. The game at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida also attracted the largest Pro Bowl attendance (70,697) in 50 years.

“Playing the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl generated more excitement and interest in the event and also kicked off Super Bowl week in an innovative new way,” said Frank Supovitz, the NFL’s senior vice president of events. “We are pleased to return to the State of Hawaii, which has embraced the Pro Bowl for 30 years.”

The Pro Bowl’s return to Hawaii, where it had been held consecutively from 1980 to 2009, is part of a two-year agreement between the NFL and the state of Hawaii to play the 2011 and 2012 games there.

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