The Vikings have a pair of restricted free agents (RFAs) who have yet to sign their tender offers – DE Ray Edwards and QB Tarvaris Jackson. But according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, it sounds as if Jackson will be signing his tender within 24 hours.
If and when Jackson does sign his tender, he’ll be off the RFA market. The tradeoff, though, is that Jackson has a 1-year contract that will pay him $1.176 million. Since he’ll be under contract, look for Jackson to report to Winter Park to take part in the Vikings voluntary offseason program and any mandatory activities.
Edwards will then be the only Vikings RFA to not sign his tender, meaning he likely won’t participate in the Vikings offseason program. He was tendered at the 1st round level and would make $2.5 million next year. As Zulgad points out, though, expect Edwards to eventually sign his tender by June 15 because that’s when the Vikings have the right to drop the tender offer from $2.5 million to 110% of Edwards 2009 base salary, which would be $1.1 million.
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The NFL draft and the anticipation of it represents my favorite part of the NFL’s offseason. Regardless of how good or bad the team you follow happens to be, the draft is an event that yields optimism, opportunity and plenty of room for speculation.
Also, the draft and the anticipation of it provides us with lots of work – from updating Mock Madness to answering fan questions via the Monday Morning Mailbag.
And speaking of the Monday Morning Mailbag, the most frequently-asked question I receive each week is generally about a QB in this year’s draft class and whether or not he might end up with the Vikings when the draft is over. I do my best to answer the question intelligently while also giving my personal opinion or preference.
But there are a couple of other football followers whose opinions I respect that have opinions on this year’s crop of QBs.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, who analyzes Vikings preseason games on TV, has his list of this year’s top 5 QBs listed here on NFL.com. Also, Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden has studied the top 4 QB prospects in this year’s draft closely. You can read his written assessment of those players here and you can also tune in to ESPN tonight at 6:00 p.m. CT to watch Gruden’s QB Camp, a SportsCenter special that will show behind-the-scenes footage of Gruden meeting with each of the top 4 QB prospects.
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